the weight of a soul

the weight of a soul is less
than a serving of potato chips,
our salt counted out
and savored too quickly

not so much a taste
as a remembered one

that handful
leaving us wanting more,
is that all we get?

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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55 Responses to the weight of a soul

  1. tashtoo says:

    Very clever write! Love “Is that it”…I’m going to know it to the ounce if it kills me and leaves bodies at the road side. Finally getting the lesson that we’re here to live this life…to show our soul all the beauty, all the pain, all the love…yeah…I LOVED this Susan!

    • Tash, you are AWESOME! So glad you liked it. I was thinking about reading that the human soul allegedly weighs 21 grams, and that thought entered my mind when I was reading the serving size for a bag of potato chips, which is 28 grams. πŸ˜‰

  2. brian miller says:

    oh dang…true…and like it much…a taste remembered, just a handful of salt…wanting more….yep that sounds like life just a bit…smiles…

  3. you mix the senses and feelings here beautifully – taste, weight, quantity, and weave them so wonderfully with memory and hints of longings for more!

  4. I thought this was a wonderful write–so clear in its metaphor–and yes, I guess I would want more

  5. Jeff says:

    It is in that which shows least apparent holds the greater mysteries, the ones filled with wonder, those most endure.

    So simply put. Lovely.


  6. aprille says:

    How original to think of a soul as and organ or main course.
    To me it seems more of a sauce or flavouring.
    Only now that I start thinking on it πŸ™‚

  7. I like the salt and potato chips comparisons. Short and to the point.

    • Thanks, Holly. One of those things–another blogger mentioned the soul weight (extremely questionable) research yesterday, and it flashed in my mind when I was reading a nutrition label. πŸ˜‰

  8. I never thought of a soul as having weight or matter, though it certainly does matter. Savoring a soul intentionally rather than mindlessly like I sometimes eat a serving (or 2 or 3 or . . .) of potato chips would be good and perhaps not leave us with an “is that all we get?” feeling. Peace, Linda

  9. I like this a lot, and I will certainly eat my potato chips in awe from now on. πŸ˜‰

  10. Grace says:

    I specially like the opening lines and stanza Susan ~ Food for thought ~

  11. Alice Keys says:

    I think of you often. Some quirky situation and I’ll say to my (thankfully understanding) husband “There’s poem in that.” A nutrition label and the soul? Hmm. I laughed at this one.

  12. hisfirefly says:

    oh my, yes! how much of our life is lived in backward reflection. well said.

  13. There is a poignancy to this, Susan.

  14. nelle says:

    So many ways to ride with this one…

  15. Mary says:

    The weight of a soul is something I haven’t contemplated….but it is good to know it would weigh less than a serving of potato chips. I do hope, however, that my soul will have memory and will be remembered. A thought-provoking write! (I too spend a lot of time reading nutrition labels!)

    • Mary, glad you enjoyed! I never viewed a soul as a material thing having weight, but I had fun exploring this after I read that it was theorized that the human soul weighs 21 grams.

  16. Akila says:

    wow! profound!! so very true..wantign more and more…

  17. Dick Jones says:

    I like the ‘reductio ad absurdum’ of the comparison. What a refreshing change to have that overworked word placed in a humorous context!

  18. this is a great analogy/metaphor here. Very creative Susan, really like this a lot.

  19. Tony says:

    Creative use of food-labelling – and in a positive way for a change πŸ™‚ Of course, a soul can’t be measured in pounds and ounces, or in pounds and pence/dollars and cents.

  20. Steve King says:

    Lovely use of the mundane to give a texture to the ethereal. Very pleasing and useful image! Nice work.

  21. aka_andrea says:

    Many examples this week of “life” found in the everyday things around us.Inspiration is such a mysterious and elusive thing. This is a wonderful piece and so thought provoking.

  22. Wow. I will probably be thinking about this all day, searching for my savory soul somewhere.

  23. Stan Ski says:

    It’s size that matters, not weight…

  24. Susan says:

    I’ll bet a soul is salty too! I love the oral-ity of this comparison–our taste buds during snacks and the fleeting aftertaste of the soul. Spare and clear, only vaguely touching cannibalism, this poem shall haunt me, I am a salt person; popcorn with soy sauce is my daily dose–not quite but almost–as frequent as prayer.

  25. Laurie Kolp says:

    Oh, Susan- this is amazing! We always do want more, don’t we?

  26. joanna says:

    you had me at that first comparison. πŸ™‚ the saltiest poem i’ve heard about the soul.

  27. Lindy Lee says:

    A thinking woman’s poem, souls & chips…

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