29 April 2016


"Universal Man", an illumination from a 13th-century copy of Hildegard von Bingen's Liber Divinorum Operum ("Book of Divine Works", c. 1165).
The Universal Man, Liber Divinorum Operum
St. Hildegard of Bingen, 1165 Copy of the 13th century

Unbox me, says the mystic:

Gently remove the covers and
write me back into
community where 
I can make a difference.

Kept out here alone
I find heart
but can’t apply it.

Locked in,
can I apply what 
I have not yet found? 

Let’s make conduits for Love.

My 29th poem for April, posted at Poet United 

Poetry Pantry #301

*Note:  All April poem-a-day poems are rough drafts awaiting revision.

Copyright © 2016 Susan L. Chast


Marcelle Martin said...

Yes, let's unbox the mystics!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is absolutely gorgeous writing Susan :D sigh especially in love with the closing line.. "Let’s make conduits for Love..." Yes! Beautifully penned.

Lots of love,

brudberg said...

The thought of unboxing made me think of what you might find, or if what's boxed even wish to see the light. There is both comfort and pain in that box around our hearts.

Jae Rose said...

I could linger on that opening line forever...also love the idea of being written back - and most importantly making a difference

kaykuala said...

All must be given a chance. Give her a break for it is only fair!


Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Interesting! Nice to find a balance; no doubt we need a bit of both. Good to bring it back out into the world again.

Mary said...

Oh yes, we do need conduits for love.
I like the idea of being part of a community where we can make a difference.

totomai said...

Conduits for love - this made me smile. Love is indeed selfless.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Unboxing can make such a difference in the world and its people... Love the images you paint with your poem, and the chosen illustration too. ♥

Sumana Roy said...

"Let’s make conduits for Love."...and let this be our prayer...

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

Oh Susan such a wondrous poem filled with love we can have....but we need those connections to be kept up.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I love Marcelle's comment, smiles. And love the poem - let's make conduits for love. Lord knows we need all we can get, and give.

rallentanda said...

Interesting...mystics used to meditate philosophise and pray for years in caves...it was/is the only way to come closer to the truth.No distractions from isolation.We owe them a lot. There is a value in mystics and also value in the good works done in the community. Most would consider the good works to be more important.I think we need both.

Anonymous said...

Let's make conduits for love... always a treat to read your poems Susan.

Unknown said...

I guess we cant be a conduit if we are shut away can we? Yes let's be energetic conduits of love.