J N Chua

J N Chua Poems

1. Words, In Your Presence 5/23/2007
2. Capricious Bitch 5/23/2007
3. Gnothi Seauton 5/23/2007

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Gnothi Seauton

“Know Thyself, ”
urged the lapidary aphorism
inscribed above the portal
of the Apollinarian sanctuary at Delphi.

Minimalist maxim.
Epistemically esoteric.
(Or is it esoterically epistemic?)

Alas, the attainment of
true self-knowledge
seems as illusive as a Chimera,
Olympian in task,
Sisyphian in toil;

an odyssey of self-discovery
that must be navigated through
the Siren calls
of conformity and mediocrity;

a trudge through an eternal labyrinth,
paved by ideals and walled by realities,
in search of golden ...

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