22 March 2017

Looking for the Soul: Part One


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Neglect moves in steadily and Time melts.  
You snatch at last minutes as if they could be footholds, 
as if they could save you from undifferentiated matter.  

You have always escaped, you think, with skill, reason, instinct and faith—
rarely all four at once when one or two suffice.  Indeed, you rarely need faith 
because, you say, it sleeps in canonical tomes or dies with those who dare.

You search through libraries and galleries and find that history reflects you— 
you grown indulgent, slothful, tolerant of lies and hatred.
Part of neglect, You are neglect.

You are spark and tinder, too.  Enough to re-ignite care if you desire.
With reason dead and skill dying, instinct and faith must inspire.
If Time melts, nothing remains. Nothing. Find the path and burn.

Go on and buy your supplements, pay your cable bills and rent,
look out upon the homeless from grimy windows, then relent. 
Start divining footholds.  Seconds remain.

Clear a path out from chaos. Use words, color, sound and prayer.
Divine as if your life’s at stake.  Take the daring step you feared 
would lead to your death.  Revive your Soul.  And live.  



For Sumana's prompt Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Mirror
Also see Looking for the Soul: Part Two

(Something is churning about time/history/mirrors of a soul,  
but I'm not sure the words capture it yet.  
Let me know in comments, please.  
Thank you.)



My blog poems are rough drafts.   
Please respect my copyright. 
© 2017 Susan L. Chast



15 comments:

indybev said...

Somehow this is reminiscent of The Beatles' "Stop Children, what's that sound; everybody look what's goin' down". Eloquently written, Susan.

Myrna R. said...

Ouch. The first part hurt a little but that's how I feel whenever I look at a mirror of truth. I like that the end is like an affirmation, a cheering on of "Just do it!" (like the Nike slogan).

Sanaa Rizvi said...

My goodness this is soo powerfully written, especially love; "You are spark and tinder, too. Enough to re-ignite care if you desire. With reason dead and skill dying, instinct and faith must inspire. If Time melts, nothing remains. Nothing. Find the path and burn." Kudos!


Lots of love,
Sanaa

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh my goodness, those closing lines could have been written to me.......it feels like that is what I have just done, have reawakened after a long hibernation. As for your note, you have struck tinder here and I am sure more poems will continue, ever deeper, on this topic. I LOVE "Find the path and burn"!!!!!!!!!

signed...bkm said...

Searching through libraries and galleries- looking for ourself. That is the part the rang for me. Thank you...bkm

Mary said...

Whew, we all try to escape.....it seems. We all want to clear a path out of chaos, but it seems many of us really struggle to succeed. I wonder how to revive the soul and live. Perhaps I am on the wrong path.....perhaps I am not praying the right words.

Martin Kloess said...

Good advise (while there is still time.) Live a good and full life.

Wendy Bourke said...

Stirring and impactful. The legions of egotists seem to be swelling by the minute in this 'me first' world. Humankind would do well to look for their souls - rather than their bottom line.

Thotpurge said...

as if they could save you from undifferentiated matter... that's a fantastic line..we are part of the neglect aren't we, and have been over the ages and what we see around us is the detritus of that neglect. Sad but true.

Sumana Roy said...

"Part of neglect, You are neglect" this is absolutely true...history does reflect us and how i love the awakening, a rekindling, by finding the path to burn...wow...this specially reminds me of a Tagore song: 'Fire Divine': 'Touch my soul with Thy fire divine / Bless this life by putting it through blaze'...

gillena cox said...

Luv the metaphor of history being the mirror. You have worked well. Yes we must dare to look

Much love...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Powerful words, Susan, inviting deep reflection – leading to action.

Old Egg said...

Often people who do the most agonise on what they haven't done and those that do little to help their fellows don't care at all. I think the main thing is to set an example to others on how to live our lives and to do no harm. However most millionaires, multinational companies and 'Stars' are excluded as they don't understand the concept. But thanks to the few that do.

Panchali said...

" Clear a path out from chaos. Use words, color, sound and prayer.
Divine as if your life’s at stake. Take the daring step you feared
would lead to your death. Revive your Soul. And live. "-- Yes, now is the time to awaken...to fight against the odds and have the determination and faith in one's ability.

Wow! Such is the power of sound bytes for those with critical-thinking skills. Immensely inspiring piece, Susan!:)

sreeja harikrishnan said...

Opening itself is so powerful...loved it till the end...so much depth in your thoughts!