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" INTROSPECTION " MY PHOTO, ©

May be an image of Demetrios Trifiatis, beard and snow

For years before the narrow windows of my senses I stood, Trying to pierce the nebulous world of outer reality, Hoping to find GOD, One year was following the other, yet I was: Still wondering, Still inquiring, Still demanding. I was lost in the tenebrous world of materiality’s Phenomena, While the true essence of things, evasive as ever, Persistently, escaped the grasp of my disarranged Perception. Unable to see behind the impenetrable veil of Isis, And disappointed with reason’s constant failure, My impatient voice towards the starry heavens I lifted, Asking aloud: Where are You, oh LORD?* For I have been seeking for You so many years now, But I have found You not! I have kept my eyes wide open to see, As many colors of Your creation as possible, And not even for a moment have I shut them, For fear, I missed your resplendent light, But I saw Thee not! I have kept my ears wide-open to hear As many sounds of your creation as possible, And not even for a second have I covered them up For fear, I missed Your sacred voice, But I heard You not! I have kept my hands extended to touch As many things of Your creation as possible And not even for a minute have I held them back, For fear, I missed Your spiritual touch but I Touched You not! I have kept my nostrils wide-open to scent As many perfumes of Your creation as possible And not even for an instant have I held my breath For fear, I missed Your holy aroma but I Scent You not! I have become a famed gourmet to taste As many delicacies of Your creation as possible And not even for an hour have I withheld my appetite For fear, I missed Your heavenly feast, But I tasted You not! WHY? Then, the thunderous voice of the Lord, Coming deep down from the twilight of time, Tearing the eternal heavens apart, Answered me and said: Dear innocent child of Mine; Hasn’t Time taught you: That I am neither to be seen by eyes Nor to be heard by ears? That I am not to be touched by hands Nor to be scent by nostrils? That I am not to be tasted by palates But I am only to be felt by enraptured hearts? Trembling and puzzled, in a shaky timid voice, I dared ask: How could this be done, oh Lord? For I am so weak and ignorant, I do not know the way. Then the compassionate voice of the Lord answered me And said: Don’t call yourself weak and ignorant for I have endowed you with power and knowledge so great, You have only to unearth this incalculable treasure Hidden deep down in your soul and you will be In touch with Me, with eternity, with the universal law, With the light, with the truth, and with every single existence, But first, you have to listen carefully to what I command: Close your eyes for they cannot see Me And cover your ears for they cannot hear Me, Pull back your hands for they cannot touch Me, And hold your breath for it cannot scent Me. Shut your mouth, for it cannot taste me, And stand completely still for you To sense Me At once, I rushed to obey God's divine command, thus: I closed my eyes and saw no more And covered my ears and heard no more I pull back my hands and touched no more And held my breath and scent no more I shut my mouth and tasted no more And stood dead still for a moment, just for a moment alone! And BEHOLD: I felt His ethereal presence enveloping my heart And I saw His celestial light caressing my mind And I heard His heavenly voice calling to my spirit And I touched His angelic essence with my elated thought And I scent His seraphic aroma with my sacred, now, breath And I tasted His rapturous divinity with my blissful soul. Then, immediately, the gates of revelation opened their Heavenly passages wide And in a magnificent lofty parade, in front of my Soul’s dazzled eyes the mysteries of life, one by one, were Unveiled to the last, thus making everything known. And now my enraptured self, jubilant before the eternal truth, In ecstasy exclaims: Thank you, oh Lord, for showing me Thy blessed Essence, Thank You for allowing me to know You now! And the Lord, enigmatically, smiled at me and with His Divine thought tenderly declared: No, my loving child, you only know YOURSELF! © Demetrios Trifiatis 18 February 2021 *Refers to Apollo, son of Zeus and Leto! The sun God and God of fine arts, music, prophecy, poetry, and eloquence! Over the entrance of Apollo’s most famous temple, at Delphi, it was written “ YOU EXIST,” meaning that the only thing man knows about God is that GOD EXISTS, but for Man to acquire wisdom to know God, he had first to follow Apollo’s command to Man, which was “ Know Yourself.” ** This poem was written in 1985 when I was teaching philosophy in Montreal, Canada. It was posted here in 2012 with the title " KNOW THYSELF " Now, after being edited, I repost it with the title" KNOW YOURSELF."

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Date: 3/1/2021 5:57:00 AM
Blessings to you as well Demetrios. If I were deciding, this would be POTM. ;0) it’s also cool that you wrote it in my country.
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Demetrios Trifiatis
Date: 3/2/2021 6:25:00 AM
Being a Canadian citizen, I would say My country as well, my friend, Richard! Do not forget my Canadian- born daughter and my grandchildren live there. The same my sister and her Canadian-born daughters and her eight grandchildren! You see I have helped Canada to... grow! hahaha! Thank you!
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Date: 3/1/2021 5:58:00 AM
Do drop by for a visit, you are always welcome.
Date: 2/26/2021 8:11:00 PM
Demetrios, You've learned so much, and shared what you've learned. Your senses honed in this creative and wonderfully devoted poem. And yet..I feel you have so much more you want said. -Richard
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Date: 2/26/2021 7:08:00 AM
What an exceptional piece. This may be the crown jewel of your writing. I feel blessed having read it. Bravo Poet.
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Date: 2/28/2021 12:21:00 AM
MY BEST WRITING YOU SAID, DEAR RICHARD? BUT HOW COULD IT BE? ...IT DIDN'T EVEN GET...A... POTD! Hahahaha! Thank you for your appreciation, my good friend! God bless you!
Date: 2/22/2021 9:18:00 PM
Nice work!
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Date: 2/19/2021 5:37:00 PM
An exceptional piece Demetrios. Thought provoking and cleverly designed with a Greek Mythology reference, all put together to relate many pieces of a genius puzzle, which in the end, the truth was revealed. This is surely one of your finest writings that I have read. Congratulations! My friend...
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Date: 2/19/2021 5:38:00 PM
A favorite as well...
Date: 2/19/2021 5:06:00 AM
Yes... I love it and agree with Judy... be still and know that I am God... God is everywhere - in everything, eternally eternal... God bless you my friend. God bless you with His spirit. Love, Gina
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Date: 2/19/2021 6:26:00 AM
I was with the impression that here at PoetrySoup we comment on the work of the poet and not on The Bible which is above everything else that is written! Thank you for visiting.
Date: 2/18/2021 12:42:00 PM
This is most beautiful Demetrious and the longest poem I have ever read of yours. You should do it more often for this is brilliant. And I add one verse from Scripture; "BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD." God Bless, JB
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Date: 2/18/2021 1:43:00 PM
Thank you for your precious visit and comment my dearest friend, Judy. God bless you and keep you safe!
Date: 2/18/2021 6:51:00 AM
- You make us aware of the truth of God's word and give us new insight into it so that love drives us to a life of faithfulness and obedience to God's will - But this can only happen if we are humble and teachable - // - I see King Winter has covered you with snow ... has spring disappeared? - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Date: 2/18/2021 6:56:00 AM
Good to see you my dearest, Anne-Lise, and read your comment with which I completely agree for if the conditions you put are not met, we cannot be inspired to write anything of that sort! Thanks, blessings, and hugs xxx
Date: 2/18/2021 5:28:00 AM
It was peaceful and serene to dwell in this temple you created --thank you my friend for letting us in the world of divine enlightenment. Much to learn from your wisdom words, Demetrios. This stunning write goes into my FAVES.
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Demetrios Trifiatis
Date: 2/18/2021 6:03:00 AM
My good friend, Vijay! It is really a pleasure to see how much you appreciated my poem! I wish to thank you for your gracious comment and for favoring it! May God bless you!
Date: 2/18/2021 2:16:00 AM
Outstanding write. Was reading your poems loved each one of them adding you as my favourite poet and this poem has my favourite. May God bless you with many more such wonderful poems. Take care Rama
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Date: 2/18/2021 5:57:00 AM
It is with great joy that I read your kind comment, my dearest friend Rama! I truly appreciate you favoring it! God bless you! Stay safe!
Date: 2/18/2021 1:01:00 AM
What an amazing voyage of discovery you have been on Demetrios, and so very true, that to know God is to know yourself. Hope you're well. Tom. PS, love the picture.
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Date: 2/18/2021 5:50:00 AM
What a wonderful comment, dearest Tom! Thank you for your appreciation! God bless you!
Date: 2/18/2021 12:51:00 AM
The first line speaks volumes, I truly hope you learn from it Narrow views can always grow, always try no matter how hard it seems.
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Date: 2/18/2021 2:58:00 AM
My dearest, Aurore, I hope you read beyond the first line...surely you have understood that I have learned a great deal, judging from the way the poem is developed. I think that everyone can learn something! Thank you for your kind visit! Blessings