How Much is that Soul in the Window?

I don’t have a soul anymore.
Not sure where it has flown.
I didn’t know it was there before
But now I’m sure it’s gone.

Maybe I dropped it in the parking lot
Or it hid between the pages of a book.
Maybe it slipped through a rip
In the purplish thin spot.

Hopefully it has gone to a good home.

I don’t have a personality anymore.
That slinked away,
Closing the back door softly on its way out.

What are those?

I concede,
I’m defeated
And there’s no repletion
From a handful of ragweed.

Maybe it has all rolled into a cabbage field.
Bundled inside one purple head of cabbage amongst all the green.
Let’s hope so; then I’d be able to spot it easily.
Or what if it’s just a snail on one of the cabbage leaves?
I imagine a heavy-booted farmer stomped it flat and clean.

Maybe all of what makes me me was murdered
And now my body, splayed,
Is in the muted sunken place,
Stuck under the surface of things,
Gasping under plastic.

Or in a vice,
One that amplifies gravity.
There’s wet rot in the air that I have to work
To force inside my lungs
And oh, how it stings.

All the iron and salt sent down to Earth
Is in my pores
And behind my eyes.

There are soul-murderers everywhere, you know.

Is this what it feels like to be murdered
By those hands?
Those hands.
Those far-reaching, lying hands.
They do it to all of us every time.
The hands of man,
The ones that say they hold Truth in them,
The ones that killed innocence.

There’s no glue at the center of things anymore.
Paper, paper everywhere and not a drop of glue.

I’d like to report a fire,
A genocide
Of my love of words and language,
Of the arts, and nature, and God.
Now they all
Send water.
Wash the burn away.

I can’t even seek out the sky
Or stand in the sun
Without egging on the agony
That drips from an egg of shards
That was cracked on my head and
Scrapes all the way down.

I drive in one large circle
After leaving work
So I can scream to God in my car
About how much I hurt.

I spend an hour getting rugburns
On my forehead
Every night
‘Neath my east-facing window.
And there I’ve watered
Every soil-sewn seed that yearns in thirst.

I am just an ass in a chair
Or on the edge of my bed,
A head on a pillow,
A heap on the floor.

I am nobody.
I am pain.
And everything is
And Winter.



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    1. I tried googling St John of the cross but I couldn’t quite get the reference you were making. Can you please explain? Now I’m curious. And i guess the person is lost, misunderstood, letting other people wrongly define who they are or what their truth is. I guess you aren’t you anymore when you let that happen.

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    1. If Bill Murray is involved, I’m all for it. Rodents probably should rule everything. They are hardcore survivors and thrivers. How the fuck do u spell that and is thriver ever a word? Always hope yes. Always. Thanks mel 🙂 ❤


  1. Right in the heart… Beautiful…

    Favorite part… amazing…
    “A genocide
    Of my love of words and language,
    Of the arts, and nature, and God.”

    The line I related to the most…
    “So I can scream to God in my car
    About how much I hurt.”

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    1. Ahhh this is awesome to be understood. I honestly didn’t think it would make a relatable impact for anyone bc I just kinda poured it out instead of crafting thoughtfully. Yeah you’ve been there with the car crying too? It’s a release for me. Little healing cocoon that a car is. Haha. Hope you are well. Thank you so much.

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    1. You win the award for best romanticized comment! Thank you so much for being that kind of reader who sees and enjoys every line like that. I am that way too. Slow down the process, savor it, enjoy what I read. 🙂 And thank you very heartily for your compliments! It is very much appreciated! May the cows never come home! 🙂 ❤

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      1. 😍 What words to awaken to! Greetings, your royal highness of word. The cows are content in yonder paddock and heavy with calves, so this writer’s crush shall stand the test of (livestock) time. 😊❤️

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        1. Oh wow! I am humbled so low!!! I have won the blog friend lottery meeting you today, Diana! Your comment is in fact “High-Speech,” as they say in Dark Tower lore, and pure artistry in and of itself. May our mutual womanbloggerwriter Crushes crush away! 🙂 ❤

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          1. No, be humbled so high you need an eagle strapped to each arm to keep you aloft when you jump off that Dark Tower! Crushing shall start in earnest this weekend as I travel to a new kingdom, where you are Queen! ❤

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