Where is the soul?
Young girl asks her grandfather, “Where is my soul?”
He responds, “It’s right here on your eyebrow.
It arches when it is curious or surprised.
If someone looks closely; they will see it through your eyes.”
Young Girl: “You are kidding me right?”
Grandfather: “No, the soul is very visible
To those who want to see it.
It flexes its muscle and exercises every day,
It needs to be ready for eternity.
But in the meantime,
It does not really matter
Where it is
What matters is that
We know how to use it
Plato said it was “the essence of our being”
Young girl: “Grandpa, can you see mine?
Will Johnny see it too?”
Grandpa smiles, “Absolutely!”
More simply known as Rumi, his poetry was mostly written in Persian but popularized in many languages including English. I recently read
The Love Poems of Rumi published in the United States in 2015. This collection was translated by world-renowned Iranian-American architect Nader Khalili, who was also an author and humanitarian and teacher.
Before then I had come across some of his poems and quotes which impressed me greatly. The love poems connect expressions of deep emotion to the very soul of the poet. Rumi’s full name is
which is a mouth full but I was intrigued why Rumi is most popular. Rumi’s birthday is commemorated on September 30. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī
Here is one of his poems from the collection:
Come Let’s Speak
Come let’s speak
of our souls
let’s even hide from
our ears and eyes
like a rose garden
always keep a smile
talk without a sound
like the spirit
reigning the world
telling the secrets
uttering no word
let’s get away from
all the clever humans
who put words in our mouth
let’s only say what our hearts desire
even our hands and feet
sense every inner move
let’s keep silence
but make our hearts move
the mystery of destiny
know the life of
speck after speck of dust
let’s tell our story
as particle of dust
The following is a haiku from a collection I have been working on for my next publication.
Please read and provide feedback and comments,
My soul told me when
it leaves my body the
view will astonish
“If you have build castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
That is where they should be.
Now put the foundations under them.”
– Henry D. Thoreau
“”If it can be verified, we don’t need faith….
Faith is for that which lies on the other side of reason.
Faith is what makes life bearable, with all its tragedies
and ambiguities and sudden, startling joys.”
“The soul itself, the soul of each one of us, is to
each one of us a mystery. It hides in the dark and broods,
and consciousness cannot tell us of its workings.”
“We all want to make the most of our lives….to become
the highest expressions of ourselves. It begins with
our own awakening. There’s no better way to find that aha!
Deep breaths cleanse the mind
but one long deep breath
will help you find
the peace and calm you need
It’s like a special kind of feed
that nourishes the soul.
Sun rays seem to slice
Through the blue of my soul
God guides the way
A soul lives on.
The illusion is free now
nothing stops it from asking
the soul might tell
the untold secret of why
or the story of Truth.
Photo and Poem by Melba Christie
All rights reserved