Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dan Broudy writes

Poem #31

the whole soul
sees what traps it
in bloodshot eyes
squinting behind lenses
in glasses resting
on a nose jutting
like a crag
from a face
and wonders how
beyond this trap
beyond the length
width and height
of its fleshy clothes
it can escape
when it can
shed its rotting body
and float
on the wind
like a moth
aiming for the energy
of light


  1. Dan explicates in a very vivid manner upon the human duality of spirit and substance, an incorporeal spirit imprisoned within a base corpus. Philosophers, and especially theologians, have long argued about this distinction (generally in much less effective language than Dan's), and have even proposed a trichotomy of body/spirit/soul. In her typically iconoclastic manner, Ayn Rand proposed her own paradigm amid her criticism of the usual mode, in the form of a radio speech by John Galt in the novel ATLAS SHRUGGED: "They have cut man in two, setting one half against the other. They have taught him that ... his soul belongs to a supernatural realm, but his body is an evil prison holding it in bondage to this earth.... They have taught man that he is a hopeless misfit made of two elements, both symbols of death. A body without a soul is a corpse, a soul without a body is a ghost.... Do you observe what human faculty that doctrine was designed to ignore? It was man's mind that had to be negated in order to make him fall apart. Once he surrendered reason. he was left at the mercy of two monsters whom he could not fathom or control: of a body moved by unaccountable instincts and of a soul moved by mystic revelations--he was left as a passively ravaged victim of a battle between a robot and a dictaphone."


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