The Souls of One Who Has Lived

The Souls of One Who Has Lived Eve Sutton My God, the soul you have given me Is pure. As for the others, well You know how it happens: One person speaks, Another listens. Now that we have the printed word This could go on forever. And beyond words We carry the souls of the body: This touch, that pain, The familiar motion of backbone and leg. And the souls of trees as we know them. Landscapes. Buildings. Their tastes and sounds. Still I have not mentioned the soul of true love And its many variations, Some more pure than others. The consummate moment of Soul- happening- now. The disappointment afterward. (continued on next page) Shofar 36.2 (2018): 72–73 The Souls of One Who Has Lived 73 My God, the soul you have given me Is pure. You breathed it into me. You will take it from me when I die, And you will restore it to me In the life to come. As for the others, well You know how a funeral is like a rummage sale. How the pieces are gathered and matched Although some are missing. How the mourners take into their mortal bodies As a gesture, a fragrance, a song. CONTRIBUTOR Eve http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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Eve Sutton My God, the soul you have given me Is pure. As for the others, well You know how it happens: One person speaks, Another listens. Now that we have the printed word This could go on forever. And beyond words We carry the souls of the body: This touch, that pain, The familiar motion of backbone and leg. And the souls of trees as we know them. Landscapes. Buildings. Their tastes and sounds. Still I have not mentioned the soul of true love And its many variations, Some more pure than others. The consummate moment of Soul- happening- now. The disappointment afterward. (continued on next page) Shofar 36.2 (2018): 72–73 The Souls of One Who Has Lived 73 My God, the soul you have given me Is pure. You breathed it into me. You will take it from me when I die, And you will restore it to me In the life to come. As for the others, well You know how a funeral is like a rummage sale. How the pieces are gathered and matched Although some are missing. How the mourners take into their mortal bodies As a gesture, a fragrance, a song. CONTRIBUTOR Eve

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Aug 7, 2018

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