18 November 2017

Soul Poem

Fermat's spiral


On our journey toward a lost wholeness
we look inside for shreds that could lead us
one step after another to our goal.

On route I learn that finding steps and shreds
happens best when I help another seek
(whether or not they know that they journey).

To abdicate ego while seeking soul
is counterintuitive, but
the guides assure me practice will reward,

That soul—no matter how obscured—is here
always, and that companions on the way
are part of the way and not distractions.

I feel as if Jesus is guiding me,
how friends record his defiance and fierce
desire to heal that takes those lost back home.

Or, maybe he was never lost, surely
the task he could not not do revealed the way,
the inner truth that joined the shreds and steps.

So I, like him, seek God's guidance for when
to sit, to talk, to stand, to take a stand,
and how to ask others to talk to me.

And I can tell you now that Jesus has
many shapes: He’s a young and middle aged
black woman, child, old white man and a dream.

Finding the soul together takes unexpected turns,
delights with surprise words and unbidden
tears, finds us no matter where we hide.


My blog poems are rough drafts. 
Please respect my copyright. 

© 2017 Susan L. Chast

More: Finding the poem within "Soul Poem"

the whole journey 
takes shreds, 
steps,
hears step stories and shred stories
sift through a companion's ears,
rewards
a glimpse of soul
weak but alive
in our own heart cavities
waiting
for those who listen
and
for God who lives over and over
so soul patterns are visible
in me and her, in him, in they
any age / gender / color
available
his journey from life to greater life
sometimes capped with death
sometimes with sleep.

My blog poems are rough drafts. 
Please respect my copyright. 

© 2017 Susan L. Chast



1 comment:

Sumana Roy said...

"so soul patterns are visible
in me and her, in him, in they—
any age / gender / color—
available"....This is I call, knowledge, so wonderfully expressed. Love both the versions but the last one's my favorite.