A New Dawn for the Soul
Lift up your eyes upon
This day breaking for you.
Give birth again
To the dream. ~ Maya Angelou*
I’ve got a soul. You’ve got a soul.
All God’s children have souls.**
All life in all forms has souls.
And to heal the soul of our nation
and to heal the soul of the earth
learn this experientially.
In the absence of a child or an elephant
try knowing with a loving pet—
a cat or dog a horse or a turtle.
Saying the word helps: Soul.
There. I’ve said it seven times.
Seven times seven
is the recipe for forgiveness
is the repetition for reparation
is the prescription for what ails us
who are soul-sick.
Whether we know it or not
we are in an epidemic
and no quarantine
protects the earth from us
when we lie down with it
and wake to drip hot desire on it
instead of the light from within
that sees with the Light of All
Creation. Here is the paradox:
Does the soul radiate its light
from or to us? We don’t know.
Are we the home of soul
or is each body of life
a way station of soul?
If the paradox were solved,
would that change how we act?
Soul Soul Soul—that’s seven more
Souls. I swallow the word.
Not knowing what soul is, I plant
the word in my mind, heart, body.
Soul grows truth: Not mere sound
or symbol, soul is the entire breath
needed to protect and extend life.
For my prompt
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© 2018 Susan L. Chast