By Sarah Rubin
Context: The poem talks about the soul and where it lies. It touches upon the belief that the “eyes are the window to the soul.” The first half of the poem makes scientific connections between intangible ideas and physical cells. The second half of the poem focuses on a very specific scene in which it can be assumed that three strangers are trapped in some sort of room. One of the strangers, the narrator, provides insight into the lives of the two others. One appears to be a mother that is not mentally fit, and the other, a snobbish character that catalyzes the death of four. This piece is meant to leave ends loose and cause the reader to really contemplate what happened. This poem relates to the clinical world because it requires an understanding of how fragile a person’s esteem is and how little it takes to drive someone mad.
It is strange how a sweet disposition can change a stranger’s life. They say 21 grams of our blood leaves us when we die; These 21 grams are the mass of a soul.
So what happens when we grow so detached; Our senses escape the confines of Our parts. Our organs. Would our cells betray us?…no better than an AIDs patient.
On sets the prejudice. Which cell will your soul choose to inhabit?
The stomach: so we can be judged by our intake?
The liver: so we can be judged by how we filter?
The heart would be too simple: alive or dead.
So the soul chose the eyes…
If the eyes are the window to the soul; Then there are just bodies that wander, And try to find their complimentary souls. They cannot SEE them.
The world is thwarted with excess bodies without the proper souls to match. It is like an analogy…or metaphor, you see:
Modern society moves so fast that all these bodies can do is push and push for some derivation of the truth.NO ONE CARES HOW.WHO.WHAT. All crimes are possible and therefore plausible because there is no true, conscious, moral soul.
We are incomplete without our proper vessel; without our sight.
Rarely can we recognize the effect we have on others.
A Friendly smile can tempt lust or a severe grimace: suicide.
What if we were to see the impact we have on others before we actually completed the action…would one change their harsh eyes to be kind?
If people are inherently evil and our animal instincts make us domineering; Then it would be rational to assume that one would rather cause pain than delight. The knowledge of how your actions could twist, torment, and cause another soul’s anguish is simply too much to give up.
So here we lie, you and I.
I a strange onlooker, and you the most powerful person in the room; You and only you can incite anger; joy; embarrassment; wit; humor just by turning your head to the left and unleashing your gaze on to her.
She didn’t pray to wake up this morning and feel wildly threatened by you! Because YOU are dissatisfied with life and she is standing between you and the last Fig-Newton; I must acknowledge the harm you can cause.
I know that she held the pillow to her son’s face last night, wishing she had the courage to take his life. He was an extension of her and the land was filling up with sewage; she thought she’d reduce her carbon footprint…
And so you’ve slain four for the price of one.
Sarah Rubin is a summer research student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.