Thursday, July 25, 2013

Road Map of the Soul

painting by Andrew Wyeth

"The windows of my soul I throw
Wide open to the sun."
~John Greenleaf Whittier, My Psalm

We must truly bear our soul butt naked to the world
 if we want to behold truth's vision upon our path.
Yet we shroud it with robes and veils like Muslims do a girl,
suffocating the bosom of all the answers we ever longed to have.
For a welcomed visitor cannot enter into a fortress locked up tight,
nor can a wealth of knowledge be payd for by bounty of the poor.
Yet we search for fulfillment with eyes that have no sight
trying to attain an answer we keep holding hostage for a cure.
This life is a journey that each soul must ride solo with no map
 and the directions cannot be given at the nearest corner store.
So we chase meaning unknowing to what lies ahead and what has passed
for our quest for purpose is not found beyond the horizon but at soul's core.


  1. Carrie,

    I like this piece of writing very much. It sets out life rather much as it is, with us as individuals having to make our own pathways. Along the way, influenced and befriended, but still a single soul.

    Hope all is good with you dear friend,

  2. nicely none carrie...the first two lines are a nice koan...of course the second two are as well bring ing hte reality of where we are....the life as a journey lines as well..we do have to find our own way...hopefully along the way though we are joined by others...smiles.

    good to see you.

  3. Carrie, this is elegantly composed. Love the way you've structured this .. different, unique. As always with a message for us, if we choose to listen. I do.

    Thanks for the compliment on my header, I had fun dreaming it up.

  4. Oh wow lots of wisdom in this poem, beautifully written

  5. "Yet we search for fulfillment with eyes that have no sight
    trying to attain an answer we keep holding hostage for a cure." Simply incredible!

  6. You are right, Carrie....we each have a solitary journey, and we each must make meaning from that journey. I truly believe in the idea of 'butt naked.' Where have you been? Glad to see you surface again.

  7. I was sure that at the end of these words there would something that said:
    "rumi/1268". Something that he had written in the latter part of his life and that he had learned through many years of of writing poetry.

    He could not have phrased it any better than you...are you a reincarnation of the Persian poets?

    Beautifully written


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