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Poem: "Soulwidth"
This poem came from the July 7, 2009 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from haikujaguar and wyld_dandelyon, then sponsored by janetmiles.


Technology is only a tool,
they say,
but oh what a tool it is!

This is what
gives our minds leverage
over matter.

It cannot change
who we are,
but it can give us a chance
to become
more truly ourselves.

Bodies are only so big,
and souls
are ineffably vast,
too much data to download
all into one little brain.

if you will,
that we could increase
our soulwidth.

Imagine that we could
access the part of ourselves
that is always in contact
with a Higher Power,
that we could tap into
that power
not indirectly
through the dim relay
of prayer,
but directly –
plugging embodied souls
into the cosmic core.

Believe that the chains of the past,
once understood,
can be shortened
so they no longer reach the present.

Believe that the future is yet fluid,
that it is not carved in stone,
that it can be changed
even by something as insubstantial
as a dream.

Believe that all things are possible,
that our young ones
could cast off their jaded coats
to become
laughing activists,
humming along
to the music of the spheres
as they repair,
one by one,
the problems that plagued us.

Freedom is
what you make of it
and when the soulwidth
is wide enough
there is room
for angel wings to open
all the way down to Earth.

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dmkraft From: dmkraft Date: July 8th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
This is wonderful!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 9th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC) (Link)


I'm happy to hear that.
From: minor_architect Date: July 8th, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Plugging directly into the Divine! Now there's an interesting thought...

Very well done. :)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 9th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I liked the idea of technology expanding humanity, rather than changing, and that's where it wound up.
From: siliconshaman Date: July 8th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
That is..umm.. oddly appropriate for where I am now [so to speak].
If you don't mind, I'll link to this in a discussion group I'm part of. There are some people who'd be very interested in it there.

Oh, and thank you for the poems you sent! They are wonderful!!

Edited at 2009-07-08 10:39 pm (UTC)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 9th, 2009 04:39 am (UTC) (Link)


You are welcome to share this with your discussion group. I'd be interested in hearing about the topic, if possible.

I'm glad you enjoyed the other poems! I customarily show people the poem(s) inspired by their prompt(s). Not always all if there are a lot of them, but at least one. It helps people decide if they want to sponsor stuff, and helps the voting on the polls later.
From: siliconshaman Date: July 9th, 2009 10:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

The topic is...well, complicated. The discussion group is primarily focused on spirituality and reality, and well, it's at astrum_cognatio...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 9th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yes...

I am intrigued by that community, and have applied to join it. Quantum reality discussions can be fun.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: July 9th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Neat. :-)

I've heard theories that the human brain is a quantum computer. (And, I suppose, other animal brains too.)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 9th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC) (Link)


I think that brains, and minds, can operate on some quantum levels. It makes life interesting.
From: ext_197895 Date: July 9th, 2009 08:43 am (UTC) (Link)
So beautiful and true! I love the concept of technology expanding who we are. I was reading an article along these lines, explaining that when mankind will create intelligent technology that will surprise us, we will truly be man in the image of God. Great poem!
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 9th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. I had fun exploring the ups and downs of technology in this month's poetry fishbowl.
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