The Intertwining of Good and Evil

In the world of living beings,
‘Good’ and ‘Evil’ are intertwined.
Each in intimate relationship with the other.

Each measured by the ‘strengths,’
And by the weaknesses of the other.
Each inclined unconsciously to the other’s nature.

To such extent that ‘Good’ taken to its extreme,
Converts ultimately into that which it disavows.
Revealing at its core its chimerical nature.

And ‘Evil’ pushed to its limits of exhaustion,
Will reveal within its core a common goodness.
This is the world of dualities in which humanity resides.

These things we do, waging war and finding in it something ‘good.’
Seeking peace while suppressing others’ goodwill.
And finding in that act a modicum of righteousness.

In the world of living human beings,
‘Good’ and ‘Evil are intertwined.
Each in intimate relationship with the other.
Always has been so, and always ever shall be so.

About this poem

While primarily for ethical motivations, we see good as far removed from evil, the overwhelming observation is that in the human experience of existence these two energies are active forces that from time to time transform into their opposite poles.

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Written on January 23, 2024

Submitted by karlcfolkes on January 23, 2024

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Scheme aBC xcc xac xdx xxd aBCx
Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 901
Words 165
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 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 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • karlcfolkes
    Thank you Gisela. The two emotions, ever shifting, are resident within the human soul.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • Giselavigil
    So very true. Nice writing.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • karlcfolkes
    Thank you kindly commenting on a subject of long-standing philosophical interest for decades if not centuries.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • alanswansea18
    Nice piece of work.
    LikeReply2 months ago


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