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A Cockerel, for a Hemlock - cure all.
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We recently opened up the main site blog to our members and to our delight, a brand new member, Iliteratepoet, very kindly contributed with this poetry.  It's interesting because the train of thought behind the poem is explained, something we don't often get to see.

In point of view,
Hemlock spur does allure,
When death be the only cure.
In fractal Worlds I prefer to stay,
Least until the actual day.

Death to my visionary World.
On my soul, will not decay.
In waves of timeless, formless, flows.
Ever floating in vacuous abundance.

Gadfly lives on there,
The Oracle too, does stay,
Where illness never does betray.
Where freedom is a real-world play.

Offerings, that do live on.
Did Apollo’s son,
Receive his feathered one?

Panacea for everyone.
It may well be true,
but in my final view.
"I know that I know nothing!".


Author: Gwylym Owen.

This poem is about Socrates' life. Freedom of the soul and body; also society, life, death and the afterlife, the illusion of the mind, a priori knowledge and the pre-conscious truth, that chaos is the natural order of all things.

Socrates was the father of ethics, and made a big contribution to discovering the roots of Logic, as we understand it today. It's true that Aristotle was the real father of logic, but you couldn't have 'Aristotoles logic' without Platonic theories, which were developed when Plato was a student of Socrates.

Socrates was put to death by the Atlanteans for his radical theories, and for siding with their arch rivals - the Spartans.

Socrates was fed poisoned Hemlock, as the tool of his execution. He could have escaped with the help of his powerful friend Crito, who had arranged it, through bribery and persuasion. He refused to leave Greece, because this was against Atlantean Law, and Socrates' own beliefs. He decided to die with dignity and stand-by his beliefs. When he is about to die, his last words to Crito are, "Crito we owe Asclepius a cock, please don't forgot to pay the debt". Asclepius was the Greek God, that represented, the curing of illness. Socrates' last words meant that death is the cure and freedom, of the soul from the body.

Socrates' famous maxim was, "I know that I know nothing". According to Plato's Apology, Socrates' life as the "gadfly" of Athens began when his friend Chaerephon asked the oracle at Delphi if anyone was wiser than Socrates, the Oracle responded that none was wiser. Socrates believed that what the Oracle had said was a paradox, because he believed he possessed no wisdom whatsoever. He proceeded to test the riddle by approaching men considered wise by the people of Athens statesmen, poets, and artisans in order to refute the Oracle's pronouncement. Questioning them, however, Socrates concluded that, while each man thought he knew a great deal and was wise, in fact they knew very little and were not wise at all. Socrates realized that the Oracle was correct, in that while so-called wise men thought themselves wise and yet were not, he himself knew he was not wise at all which, paradoxically, made him the wiser one since he was the only person aware of his own ignorance.

Asclepius the God of medicine was one of the sons of Apollo - God of poetry, light, truth, and he had many other things attributed to him. Asclepius had daughters, Pancea was one of his daughters, Pancea means, Universal remedy.

Gadfly is a type of fly that makes horses bolt, when they are bitten by them. This was Crito's nickname for Socrates, because of the way the Atlanteans' reacted, whenever Socrates spoke.

Now, if you read the poem again, you should pick up on the references mentioned above, and the message of the poem; hidden behind the metaphor and subtle nuances.

Further analysis of the Poem, will follow; line by line:

In point of view,
Hemlock spur does allure,
When death be the only cure.


This line is a reference to Socrates, having to take poisoned Hemlock. Spur is a metaphor for Gift - a spur, is often given as a gift in various Religious and charitable groups in society. "When death be the only cure" is reference to Socrates, preferring death, and seeing it as a cure to life, an alluring gift.  

In fractal Worlds I prefer to stay,
Least until the actual day.

This is a reference from the poet, that means, he would prefer to live on, even through the chaos and mundanity of living through Logic (Fractal Worlds); and the pain of life. When his time comes, he will be pleased to feel what Socrates had felt, when speaking of Asclepius' cure; to Crito.

Death to my visionary World.
On my soul, will not decay.
In waves of timeless, formless, flows.
Ever floating in vacuous abundance.


This is a reference to Philosophy and the eternal nature of all things, and especially nothing things. The immeasurable, unknown and unquantifiable. The error of infinitesimals in mathematical equations, and of course, the fact that the soul, must live on, after death - Quantum vibrations in wave forms, resonating through time - for want of a better description, returned to the chaos of the place of, everything and nothing, the place we shall call the unknown.

Gadfly lives on there,
The Oracle too, does stay,
Where illness never does betray.
Where freedom is a real-world play.


Gadfly, as mentioned previously in this text, means that Socrates lives on, in some form, in that unknown place. It is also reference to the Oracle of Delphi, now residing in that place too. Now that they are both in the so-called, "unknown" place, they are free from the ills, that Socrates referenced, by asking Crito to pay Asclepius for curing him.

Offerings, that do live on.
Did Apollo’s son,
Receive his feathered one?


"Offerings that do live on", is a reference to Socrates' work, being an offering to us all, just as Socrates' Cock was an offering to Asclepius. Apollo's son was Asclepius. Did Crito actually sacrifice the Cock on Socrates' behalf?

Panacea for everyone.
It may well be true,
but in my final view.
"I know, that I know nothing!".


Pancea was one of the daughters of Asclepius, also, Apollo's Grand-daughter. The meaning of Pancea's name is, Universal remedy. This is a reference to death, being the cure to all things. The final analysis, however, is that it may well be true, that it is a cure for all, but that we should remain ignorant of that fact until our own hour cometh, before experiencing such a Pancea.

"I know that I know nothing", is one of Socrates' most famous Statements and is the Paradoxical situation that the Oracle had posed, to Socrates, about his wisdom. This paradox is still applicable, to the topic, all knowledge of knowing all; which is, in itself, a paradox, that still holds true - for we can never know infinity with mathematical equations, but that we may occasionally glimpse its parts, using intuition/instinct. Socrates knew that the unknowable existed, and the author of the poem is drawing this point to the fore of the collective conscience, by showing that even a master of Socrates' stature, admits that there is nothing knowable outside of knowing, or put differently - there is nothing knowable, outside of our tools of knowledge, such as reason and logic. In the opinion of the author, Infinite chaos exists outside of the constructs of the mind, ergo, ultimate knowledge is, knowing that nothing is knowable/provable.

 

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