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A mixture of the brute and the divine Man is, That’s why the strife in his soul never ends As the eternal adversaries for superiority strive In the depths of everyone’s divided heart. The brute: Limited by the dimensions of space and time, Intimidated by the oppressive notion of cruel annihilation, Frightened by the savage idea of inglorious temporality, And horrified by the torturous thought of merciless mortality, Eager to pull man down to the material world desires, And with the heavy chains of bodily pleasures him to tie. The divine: Unrestricted by the dimensions of space and time, Animated by the lofty idea of unity with the ONE, Strengthened by the noble thought of clement eternity, And exalted by the gracious conception of comforting immortality, To raise Man up to the immaterial heavens yearns, And with the purified delights of the spirit him to nourish. When, The ruthless brute, victorious from the battle emerges, And body’s barbaric-cry of victory shouts, Benign spirit, inside the prison of here and now is found, From where, silently, the devastation of divinity, observes. When, Eternal spirit triumphant out the war appears, And the illumination of the soul, jubilantly, proclaims, The perishable brute, even from its basic needs is deprived, Thus, slowly, painfully, and persistently is fainting, away. Only, When the brute and the divine a truce declare, And their powers under the banner of universal reason unite, Rendering to each other, at the proper time, its equal share, Harmony is established in our souls and the human is born! © Demetrios Trifiatis 23 May 2021

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Date: 5/23/2021 8:48:00 AM
Kefalonia I have passed it whilst traveling back from Zakinthos. I was told you can see the Turkish coast from your island is that true? Have been to Mykonos and stayed in Aegina with friends many years ago for a month. This poem tells us what a talented poet you are and you describe humans so perfectly! Hugs and blessings, Jennifer.
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Date: 5/23/2021 11:06:00 AM
Zakinthos and Kefalonia are looking towards Italy, not Turkey which one can see from the Aegean islands, like Rodos, Kos, Samos, Lesvos etc. Thank you for your lovely visit and comment, my dearest friend, Jennifer. I hope you visit Greece again. Blessings and hugs xxx
Date: 5/23/2021 7:24:00 AM
Dear friend Demetrios, you've done an outstanding job. This well-written, thought-provoking prose says it all. Though we have a light burning in our souls, we still struggle in paradox to the negative underside, which can be challenging to overcome.
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Date: 5/23/2021 8:01:00 AM
Thank you for your lovely visit and appreciative comment, my dearest, Lasaad. Take care, my friend. Blessings!
Date: 5/23/2021 5:14:00 AM
Your poem reveals the secrets to harmony my friend. Much to gleam from these words of wisdom and truth.
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Date: 5/23/2021 6:49:00 AM
You are too kind, my dearest friend, Vojay. Thank.Thank you for your gracious visit and comment. Stay safe. God bless you.
Date: 5/23/2021 2:46:00 AM
Brilliant write Demetrios with this very thought provoking verse. I've always looked at man as having a dark side and it's often a struggle to keep a light on in our souls. For man is weak and often gives in to earthly temptations suppressing that darkness within can take a lifetime and many fail. Have a lovely Sunday. Tom PS, that's an amazing picture, reminds me of Kefalonia.
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Date: 5/23/2021 4:46:00 AM
Thank you so very much for your precious visit and comment, my dearest friend, Tom! Hope you visit Kefalonia again! Stay healthy. Blessings.