The Prophet – a poem by Ian McFarland

The Prophet

Carl Gustav Jung
took great pain
to distinguish between
the archetype
and the archetypal image.
The thing itself
Buddhists say:
gate gate pāragate
bodhi svāhā!
By which they point
to similar phenomena.
Gone gone, gone beyond,
gone utterly beyond,
enlightenment hail!
Isn’t it perfectly wonderful
to think love seeks
no deep understanding,
has no need for awe,
does not do anything
other than assert
the pointed finger.


Ian McFarland is a recent graduate of Grand Valley State University. Currently, Ian works as a substitute teacher and lumberjack. His first published work is scheduled to appear on the online journals failbetter, and Ariel Chart in the coming months.