And the Soul

by Kim Moore


And the Soul

And the soul, if she is to know
herself, must look into the soul

                                               Plato

 

And the soul, if she is to know herself

must look into the soul and find

what kind of beast is hiding. 

 

And if it be a horse, open up the gate

and let it run.  And if it be a rabbit

give it sand dunes to disappear in. 

 

And if it be a swan, create a mirror image,

give it water.  And if it be a badger

grow a sloping woodland in your heart. 

 

And if it be a tick, let the blood flow

until it’s sated.  And if it be a fish

there must be a river and a mountain. 

 

And if it be a cat, find some people

to ignore, but if it be a wolf,

you’ll know from its restless way

 

of moving, if it be a wolf,

throw back your head

and let it howl. 

© Kim Moore