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and then you knew too much!
by Tarek Ali Hassan

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excursion into ancient mythology
Oedipus the most sublime
contemplation on the two inseperable Oedipus plays of Sophocles, regularly separated and distanced.



ANOTHER CHAPTER IN THE PERENNIAL DRAMA

Oedipus the most sublime

you wanted to know
and you knew
MORE you said....
and you knew
MORE
and you knew

STOP SAID THE SHEPHERD!

MORE
MORE
MORE

and then....
you knew T O O M U C H . . .


YOU HAD DELVED TOO DEEP
AND SUDDENLY THE VOLCANO OF GUILT PANIC AND TERROR ERUPTED
and overwhelmed ALL with horror
and you, the only man that braved the Sphinx, did the ostrich thing:
You blinded yourself into darkness and easy oblivion
.................................
...................................

but after the panic
and despair
through the blindness
the curses
the rabid condemnation
of the mob
of brothers of sisters
fathers, mothers, uncles, spinster aunts
even sons

you SAW all
in a new and simple light ..
an old light ..

and like Atlas you lifted the IMPOSSIBLE weight

and stood up again
upright
great
inimitable sublime
in your blindness
YOUR knowledge
enlightening a world of darkness ..
for all to SEE
..............
Oedipus
if only they would see ..


wrote Sophocles:

Oedipus Rex

of all lives
of all deaths
yours is the most sublime ...
your transfiguration at Colonas shall forever be
the most sublime
........
.............
......

perenial drama
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Reviewed by Mark Colonas (Reader)
Does any one know what "your transfiguration at Colonas shall forever be the most sublime" means? Thanks.MJ
Reviewed by Bhuwan Thapaliya
Superb write...yeah....sometimes knowing too much is very painful....great write....BHUWAN
Reviewed by nevine Al Seidi (Reader)
Yes, Dr. Hassan, Knowledge.. too much knowing.. is a painful thing..

Eating the apple might have been a challenge.. but probably not a very wise choice. Only when you know are you taxed (or start taxing yourself).
But then transcending the pain of knowing is the 'reflex' of the great.
I will go back to Oedipus Rex for a more enlightend reading into your smart verse.

Thank you for sharing!
Nevine
Reviewed by A PAX
Tramas are muscle builders for the soul.....and yes we can choose to stand tall, or to break....this is very interesting!
ty
pax
Anita
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Great write...

Trixie :)
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
Thoughtfully done.
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader)
The riddle of the Sphinx,"Which animal has one voice, but two, three or four feet being slowest on three?" Perhaps Oedipus, as he was a man with three feet thanks to his disability, he was uniquely well placed to answer it : "Man", he replied.

Good rewrite.
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU

I Salute the Author of "and then you knew too much".

This poem is thought's inspiring. It strikes imagination in the skull of curiosity.

I had a pleasant learning reading. The poem "and then you knew too much" made me think through the wings of time.

Author Tarek Ali Hassan, may you enjoy a long healthy productive and blissful life.

My gratitude, respect and admiration.

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Paul Berube
Tarek, Bravo!! Loved your little play. Well Done. Enlightenment is a goal of the wise.
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