Narcissus by Francesco Curradi ‘The Way of the World’ by Jeffrey Essmann The Society September 10, 2022 Culture, Poetry 4 Comments . The Way of the World Some horrid truth seems now made manifest: __Some nothingness tucked in the human core Parades itself as fullness and the best __In us—our grace, our reason—sore distorts. __In mirror after mirror we adore ____A god more false than any made of stone, ____Whose heaven is a place where everyone’s alone. The nothingness, however, isn’t true: __It vaguely smells of apple and of snake, The ethers old that make us misconstrue __Creation’s mystery as a great mistake. __But those who know its strange Creator quake ____Before a light that strikes Unreason blind ____(And, for that matter, Reason also far outshines). . . Jeffrey Essmann is an essayist and poet living in New York. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, among them Agape Review, America Magazine, Dappled Things, the St. Austin Review, U.S. Catholic, Grand Little Things, Heart of Flesh Literary Journal, and various venues of the Benedictine monastery with which he is an oblate. He is editor of the Catholic Poetry Room page on the Integrated Catholic Life website. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 4 Responses Roy E. Peterson September 10, 2022 The last two lines of the first verse are particularly trenchant and dead on the mark! I join you in your thoughts about the contemporary malaise of our society! Reply Julian D. Woodruff September 10, 2022 I second Mr. Peterson. And this is is the “heaven on earth” we’ve become ever more adept at building. Reply Cynthia Erlandson September 10, 2022 “It vaguely smells of apple and of snake” is such a brilliant, yet subtle and succinct, way of not letting the (literate) reader miss the intended meaning, without stating it outright or in a prosaic way. And “In mirror after mirror we adore / A god more false than any made of stone” not only evokes Narcissus, but creates great imagery which supports the meaning. A great statement of the sad truth of fallen humanity. Reply Margaret Coats September 15, 2022 A concept well thought out and expressed. Excellent balancing of the two parts, and strong, conclusive use of the couplet in both, with the final line in each being longer. A brief masterpiece opening beyond atomistic narcissism into ineffable light. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.