Monday, September 22, 2008

GROWING A SOUL

"Symptoms are deaths solemn ambassadors, deserving honor for their place, and life mirrored in its symptoms sees there its death and remembers soul.” ~ James Hillman


Soul does not come in this body
like a stick of gum wrapped in foil,
neither immortal nor full.

Soul becomes,
like clouds gathering
or metal shavings around a magnet,
little bits around an irksome center.

This decaying vessel
is the core for soul-making;
hungry
helpless, wailing toward a eulogy.

Each symptom shifts the gaze,
interrupts my well crafted haunt,
to the end
where it belongs.

A palpitation, the lingering cough,
a darkening mole on my arm –
could this be my last malady?

I stroll the lawn, granite stories,
a life lived between a few years:
1891 - 1985
eternity is the hyphen,

Furrowed brows etched by fear,
heavy lives grown down, always
shrinking, wilting, breathless…

What is left? The Invisibles, undying
guardians that chiseled soul on those
sleepless nights, in bothersome thoughts.

What proceeds? The smoothed edge
more supple than the adolescent breast,
softer than the full wet kiss; Psyche soars.

Pay attention. The gods wield the mallet
at the crucifixions, absent at the risings,
curious only about the nascent wings...

the end/Michael/9-17-06

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