The Spiritual Man

The Spiritual Man

A Poem by Fabian G. Franklin

Inspired by Emerson



I am intrigued by the spiritual man

More than the intellectual

For the intellectual knows his plan

And has thought it out carefully


But the spiritual man confesses things

He cannot understand

He is a seeker and a pilgrim

On a journey through a strange land


Intellectuals seek out scientific direction

The spiritual believes in Divine connection

And it is not so important to him to prove

This connection as is gratitude and love


The innocence of children

Albeit, a delicate thing

Is the same way of feeling

Colors in a butterfly's wing


We see the sun, the poet has said

As something far away and apart

Our eyes it burns and we have learned

But the child feels the sun in his heart


There will always be those who scoff

At things which defy explanation

Their eyes, forever on the path they walk

With no thought to their destination


I have not come to criticize science

With hypothesis and inspective plan

But appeal to the soul of the inner mind,

Intrigued by the spiritual man

© 2017 Fabian G. Franklin

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You touch on often-neglected truth with this one. Modern man's scientific mindset likes to make anything spiritual sound archaic, or even foolish. Scientific innovation, however, is transient. It always gets replaced with the next, or "better" wave of technology. Spiritual matters change not. Truth remains truth. Watchman Nee put it well in his book, called, "The Spiritual Man" -
“We recognize already that regeneration of the spirit is the paramount need of man.”

Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed your alternative thoughts on what often is a one-sided affair.

Posted 1 Week Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

Thank you so much for reading and your thoughtful comment. My friend Rick Puetter have had interesti.. read more
I enjoy the way you do this comparison, more like the spiritual man, that is, not a linear & structured comparison. I love the way your reasoning kinda tumbles along, spilling out the latest inner revelation about how it can be, so your writing resembles your message. This is the crux of "show - don't tell"! (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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I've never read classic poetry. I used to devote every summer to reading some classic like Tolstoy &.. read more
Fabian G. Franklin

1 Week Ago

I read all sorts of stuff. I never liked Tolstoy much. War and Peace was a bit of a drag. But I've r.. read more

1 Week Ago

Many excellent selections you name . . . London & Steinbeck are, of course, favorites, since they ar.. read more
I think if everything in life was straight forward.
Life itself would be bland.
Everyone at some point has been touched by some being. Be it the floating feather. The favourite record when someone dies. Not everything is black and white in this world.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for reading and leaving a comment. And yes, I agree, life has mystery which makes it more .. read more
And we’ll soon have synth man, a strange mix of biology and machine. That is going to be a challenge. But spiritual man will always be there as long as man is man, whatever Professor Dworkins (sp?) might say. You make me feel.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

Fabian G. Franklin

2 Weeks Ago

Thank you for visiting and your comment. This was inspired by reading Emerson last night. I'm most i.. read more

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Fabian G. Franklin
Fabian G. Franklin

Boone, NC

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