dVerse — 3 cinquains — Jung’s iceberg

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Merril is the host of dVerse today. Merril says:

For this poetics prompt, I want you to write a poem about theory or theories–how we make sense of the natural world, our bodies, space, or whatever. You can write in general terms or you can write about a specific theory, even something that’s been debunked, such as phrenology. Alternately, you can simply write a poem using the word “theory.” I’m eager to see what the dVerse poets come up with.

I chose to write a series of three cinquain form poems, which lay out C.G. Jung’s theory on the three levels that interact dynamically with each other in our minds. It is such a vast topic that I chose a format that forced me to be as concise as possible. The three levels, in case it isn’t clear by the poems, are consciousness (field of awareness), personal unconsciousness, and collective unconsciousness.

Jung’s Iceberg

Surface
Awake, aware
Ego-based behaviors
Confident control of one’s life
Conscious

Cover
Beneath the surface
Unknown ego rejects
Influenced by a mystery
Hidden

Psy Soup
A reservoir
Instincts, archetypes rise
Innate, vital feeling of growth
Moonshine

 

To tie them together:

Night Owl

Feathered courier
Tireless traveler each night
Between the three realms.

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44 Comments Add yours

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Paula 🙂

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  1. calmkate says:

    like this definition of those three spheres and particularly tying them together with the owl … when all three meet in our REM sleep!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you can see that 🙂 I took a Jungian dream class in the fall and the next sessions start tomorrow! I can’t wait. I’ve been listening to Clarissa Pinkola Estes’ Mother Night lectures in preparation.

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      1. calmkate says:

        can see you are a keen convert 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks JP! 🙂

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  2. merrildsmith says:

    You really took this prompt to write about theory to heart! Good job. I particularly like the haiku at the end that ties them together, but that can stand alone, too.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Merril, for the feedback. Jung and the collective unconscious and how to tap into it through dreams is a field of study I’m engaged in right now, so putting them together reinforced it for me.

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      1. merrildsmith says:

        Well, I’m glad I could assist you with the prompt. 😉

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Yes, I am also glad you assisted me with it 🙂 Thanks!

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  3. rothpoetry says:

    Very nice Jade. This brings me back to Psych. classes in College fifty years ago!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Hey, was Jung your professor 😉

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      1. rothpoetry says:

        No, just in the text books!

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  4. Sadje says:

    Beautiful!

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  5. kim881 says:

    You’ve taken this prompt seriously and created an intricate poem, Jade, which has blown my mind! I like the title, which illustrates the meaning. I really like ‘Psy Soup’ which you also call ‘Moonshine’! I love the haiku with the night owl flitting between the realms – the stuff of dreams!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Kim thank you very much ❤

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  6. pvcann says:

    Singing from my fave songbook 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      🙂 Glad you enjoyed it.

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      1. pvcann says:

        Jung has been formative for me.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          I just started the next set of dream classes today, taught by a PhD level with 30 years of being a therapist who is also a Jungian. The lady is a real interesting person. She lent me CPEstes’ Mother Night series of lectures. CPE is my idol and this lady is a close second.

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          1. pvcann says:

            You are in the perfect centre, what a joy.

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  7. I too like how you joined the three realms with the flying owl – the dreamer of course the only one to be able to see the dark side

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Laura, and yes.

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  8. Sabio Lantz says:

    Fun layering and metaphor. Well done

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sabio.

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  9. I’ll take the owl 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I know you will. You are the owl ❤

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      1. My flying skills at night aren’t too hot 🙂

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  10. Wow Jade, this is fabulous. Bravo!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Linda 🙂

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  11. Nicely done !!!!!!!!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Chris 🙂

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  12. It works so well once you learn to understand the iceberg.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it does. The dream class (part 2) started yesterday so you’ll probably be seeing more iceberg themes in my poems in the next weeks…

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  13. lillian says:

    FABULOUS! Having traveled to Antarctica, I saw the massive blueish icebergs in the ocean…and then to learn that we were literally seeing the “tip of the iceberg”….I now understand where that phrase comes from. The largest mass of the iceberg is unseen and under the water. So your post here is so very on point.
    And the final haikus is perfect!
    Really enjoyed your post.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Lillian. I can’t imagine seeing them with my own eyes. I liked tying the cinquains together with the owl also 🙂

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  14. Deep thoughts, Jade! 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes, they are, as they are Jung’s, synopsized here 🙂

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      1. And synopsized well!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          Thank you, Frank!

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