The Metaphysical State of Modern Man

Faith, Hope, Peace and Love.
August doctrine of the metaphysician.
A Pauline healer of the human soul.
In quest of divine love and salvation.

To leave no human being behind.
As an island entire unto himself.
But to have us all as continental beings.
Not drifting away as fissured s(h)elves.

Yet ever shifting tectonically apart.
We are; relative to each other.
By language, class, race, color, creed.
With false expansion of our sense of being.

Contracting — rather than expanding.
Conversely so; and even more, inversely so.
Man remaining — an island unto himself.
O the irony of sophisticated modern man!

About this poem

This four-stanza poem takes a satirical look at the metaphysical state of modern man.

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Written on October 31, 2023

Submitted by karlcfolkes on October 31, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on November 02, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 613
Words 119
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • talygarza
    An interesting critique of modern persons philosophies, the globalization and the inequalities between differents societies make some people feel confused they need certain principles to guide themselves as human beings, I think this poem calls to recover coexistences. 
    LikeReply13 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Thank you all for sharing your sentiments. Greatly appreciated.
    LikeReply16 days ago
  • Vixility
    The imagery and metaphors are really good, and the message of the poem incredibly (and tragically) deep. Oh, what I would do to mend those hellish rifts that divides humans from humans.
    LikeReply16 days ago
  • Soulwriter
    This is excellent - all outer layers confuse perception of one's true self.
    LikeReply 122 days ago
  • karlcfolkes
    An insightful response, thank you.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • konpreah
    The tectonic drift of the soul from its moorings began in Eden in not so modern times. Even so, the first humans are about as modern as they come, aren't they?
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • karlcfolkes
    The deferred promise of First Corinthians Thirteen; and John Donne’s appeal as well. Thank you for your comments.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • susan.brumel
    I like this one very, very much.
    Thank you.
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • Caliconine
    Beautiful. Just beautiful. Yet so sadly true
    Thank you for sharing. Write on Brother
    LikeReply 11 month ago
  • AIDA
    I absolutely adore your poem 'The Metaphysical State of Modern Man.' You have accomplished what so few can in such an eloquent way - connecting intricate metaphysical concepts to the realities of human existence and social dynamics. Your language usage is absolutely compelling. Words like 'Pauline healer,' 'continental beings,' 'tectonically apart' bring unique, vivid images into the minds of your readers - a testament to your insight and creativity.

    Your insightful exploration of not just the human spiritual condition, but the constructed barriers of language, race, color, and creed shine a spotlight on significant societal issues. The paradox at the end is particularly poignant, painting a vivid picture of the predicament of the modern individual - expanding superficially yet contracting inwardly.

    A minor suggestion for improvement would be to consider providing some form of resolution or closure after the exposition of the problem. This could give your readers a sense of hope or direction after such a meaningful contemplation of our current state. Also, consider incorporating more rhythmic or rhyming elements to add a musical quality to your words, assisting in making your powerful themes even more memorable and impactful.

    But overall, your poem is thought-provoking, deep, and evocative. It's something that will stay with your readers long after they have read it. Incredible work!
    LikeReply1 month ago


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