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The Tripartite Being as the Revelation of a Need for a Supernatural Being by Flourish Joshua

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The Tripartite Being as the Revelation of a Need for a Supernatural Being

— after Niyi Osundare's "The Leader and the Led"

The spirit stakes its claim as the owner of man,

But the flesh flags its power over man, in the air

Like a linesman to an off-sided footballer.

The soul echoes its right to be lord o'er man,

But the spirit points to its unreliability

& restlessness, while men slept.

The flesh reclaims its position as man’s coverage,

But the spirit rebukes it for its vulnerability & goalless end;

“The flesh is an evil matchmaker,

Betrothing man to asmodi & bacchus,

Consuming the world with itself in a lustful fire,”

It said, in-between mouthfuls of anger.

“But the soul is the first accommodator of filth,

Getting down with women in the laboratory of its heart,

& giving commands to the flesh to carry-out.”

The flesh retorted, rending its throat in audibility.

The flesh, too filthy,

The spirit, too spirited,

The soul, too solely.

"Our need calls for a Supernatural Being."

Proclaims, the spirit man.

"Compassionate, yet dreadful;

Perfect, yet meek —

high, yet lowly;

A little bit of a king,

A little bit of a servant:

One who can lease himself for man to occupy,

Yet would only occupy where man leases for him.”

Flourish Joshua

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from East French Press: Poetry Power Hour, released April 25, 2021

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