The Paracelsus Embrace


That the poisoned become the poison

is all too often true,

their embrace pre-laced with toxin

their intention to imbue.


Subversively soft and gentle

oft with wit and guile,    

they're the demons of invention

they'll skewer you with a smile. 


They are innocent of malice

as they bathe you in their light,

there's salvation in their chalice

and the gift of second sight,


that you might see what they see 

enlightened to ensnare,

and take the darker path

to be with them in their lair.


For as dose determines poison

so does moderation cure,

breathe only that which shields you

from their poisonous allure. 

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Fri 25th Jan 2019 12:03

What a superb response to John Short, and available for us all to ponder.

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 24th Jan 2019 21:43

What can I say Hazel,

your words are very kind and I am grateful to you for them.

Many thanks,


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Hazel ettridge

Thu 24th Jan 2019 17:08

What is the opposite of a cliche? Whatever it is, you are that thing. When I write poems I keep on sucking on the same old teat, but you, my dear, arrive fresh on every line. This is another genius poem.

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 24th Jan 2019 12:58

Thanks for passing by John and for your comments, good to see you.

I'm not sure but maybe there is another Paracelsus, this one was born in a part of Germany which is now Switzerland around 1493 (I think we are discussing the same person though). He renamed himself Paracelsus rather grandly, his original name was Theophrastus von Hohenheim (easy to see why he might have changed it)

I used " The Paracelsus Embrace" largely in reference to his theory of  "The dose makes the poison" alluding to the fact that whereas a little can be a cure excess can be a killer. I was thinking of our modern world where we are drip fed lies, alternate truths and occasionally undiluted truths, it struck me that the complete embrace of any such presentation could very much kill/destroy as much as enlighten or inform. In embracing ideas too readily and without question we may ourselves become the poison, whereas just enough information taken from alternative sources with a little due diligence may well reveal a more likely truth.

This could be applied to anything from broadcast media to political leadership, from blatant propaganda to religious zealotry/text, and in just about anything where human beings are seeking advantage.

I agree some of the text could be improved to read a little smoother. I played with it for a while but then let it go out as it now stands.

I hope that at least gives it a little more context.

Thanks again John much obliged.



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john short

Thu 24th Jan 2019 11:50

Hi David,

This is quite good, it brings to mind my Born-Again cousin who is always shoving her beliefs onto people and who a friend of mine described as toxic. Especially like the first line of the third stanza, which seems to nail it. Feel somehow that the last line of this stanza could be improved but can't think how. But why Paracelsus? All I remember is that he was a second century opponent of Christianity. Maybe he mixed poisons or tried to influence people?

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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 1st Jan 2019 19:07

Thank you Cynthia,

It's good to see you popping in now and again, I very much appreciate your comments and encouragement.

Very kind of you indeed,


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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Mon 31st Dec 2018 20:17

Such deep, dramatic words for new horizons, another year commencing with its specific challenges: what to 'see'; what to hear; what to believe; what to think. This reads like a Greek parable, with many 'ideas' to follow.

Innocence is an amazing concept, capable of embracing much complexity. I like the way your mind works, David. And your scope of knowledge.

Toxology is a huge issue. I guess chemo is really a form of it, isn't it?

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 30th Dec 2018 19:55

Thanks for the reading and comments gents, much obliged.


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M.C. Newberry

Sat 29th Dec 2018 15:45

The profession of politics brought to life.


Sat 29th Dec 2018 14:08

David this is such an all-inclusive exposition, the likes of which I have not seen in a long time.

It is indeed a treatise of such magnitude Wolf, that sums up my whole life and my feelings so succinctly.

To quote Paracelsus: “I am different. Let this not upset you”


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Sat 29th Dec 2018 13:19

Interestingly this could be applied to various bodies with ulterior motives, smoke and mirrors etc. I have noticed a tendency for this in the gullible and converted, especially in the "new world order" mentality, where whole edifices are erected in the mind. Not that I am for material life only as you know, but there is danger always at hand , of which you are more than aware. Enough said....
Thought provoking and can be applied liberally !


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