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Topic: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL (don't write about the song) (04/02/15)
TITLE: And Always My Soul
By Leigh MacKelvey
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Take a break now
from world collision,cities
loud with protest, strikes, misery. Scaffolds go up,
constructors tear them down. Re-use the lumber.
Buildings burn or blow up.
Then, tell me what “nothing” looks like.
Trains that steer off tracks
an aircraft flutters to the ground,
the pilot sits in the cockpit, hands folded
in his lap, eyes rolled upward ready to receive
that never comes.
Can you hear the sound of nothing?
Those ridiculous words your mother-in-law
screeched, the ones you broiled in the oven
yesterday. Nothingness into nothingness,
Sit beside me, rest in “something.”
This is something: White flakes of snow.
The bloom of Baby’s Breaths. The grasp of cancer.
The birth of a child. One goes, another comes.
We understand this.
Bees and Birds swarm and hum.
Always they swarm. Their song continues,
their buzz remains. The deer searches for water.
He never swarms, he sips until his belly
Soil tastes like the dirt we're made of.
At all times, the smell is earthy. Hold it
tight in your fist, or sift it through your
fingers, it returns
Here’s a riddle:
“If you breathe, are you alive?”
Is your breath nothing or something?
Has it been quickened? Is it forever?
Funny how the universe is full of somethings
Nothings forfeit profit,
so many offered, taken. So many,
we all get lost.
Sleep now, dream of peace.
Smell it. Roses, fresh sheets. Hear it.
Falling rain, lapping waves. Taste…it’s sweet
as southern ice tea.
See it in the flowers blowing
in the wind. If you drink as the deer
pants for water,you will find yourself
Hear my surety.
Let’s count up the somethings,
because they Are. After that I’ll tell you,
or maybe you’ll remind me…there’s
always my soul.
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