Souls: A Poem Inspired by Ferlinghetti’s “Underwear”

A soul can fit you nicely
Like a finely tailored suit

It can ride-up like old underwear
Causing you to pull and tug
And hope you will not be noticed

A soul can fit you comfortably
Like a well-worn pair of jeans
Causing your conscience to gleam
Like a new pair of off-white Converse
Just removed from the box and tightly laced

A soul can be tossed aside
Given to charity

It can ease itself
Into a loved one’s dreams and create a longing for more than can be seen

Author’s Note:  It should be noted that as of 0900 EST on April 15, 2021 there still is no empirical evidence for the existence of souls. This writer is grateful for the existence of poetic license.

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.