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Where Does One Store a Soul?

Safe Place


Oh for a safe place

to store my soul


Perhaps a

locked box high on a

shelf with its only key,

adorning a smooth chain

around my neck?


no harsh words,

angry people,

or ugly retoric

will reach it there


Maybe

a great steel vault

deep under ground,

its combination

my secret to keep.


no war,

heartache,

or leeching loneliness

will find it there



A secret island

far out to sea,

a clever map

sketched in invisible ink!


no judgements,

unmet needs, or

past failures

will search for it there




Oh for a safe place

to store my soul











instead,

it rests

in flesh and bone

quickly pierced

slow to heal

a tender, quivering

thing with no defense

at all



Oh the despair,

at having no place

to store my soul



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