Below the Surface
Breath, blood, body heat pulsing through the encapsulated system of "the body,"
driven by minute sparks of energy that motivate the form through its life-sustaining
Chemical and electrical interactions transform other living matter into the nectar of
life fueling the fire within.
From the first breath of a baby which invigorates its tiny body, mixing essential
ingredients with other substances flowing through the filigreed network of
capillaries, veins, and arteries, to and through the heart, with electrical impulses
activating the flow; to the final exhale of breath as each system withdraws its
support of the network, the spark has no fuel, the heat dissipates leaving the shell,
the vessel that carried life, still and cold.
Where does the soul reside in such a complex system of the physical realm?
Thousands of years of questioning have given many different answers, but none
clear and agreed to by all. Many questioners find no need of a soul to explain the
animating force. Many scientists who have studied the soul through scientific
methods have found no proof of such an entity, and although science has been
valuable in many areas, humans continue the quest for insight into the existence
and nature of the soul.
Amazingly the system within the baby is mirrored in the greater system as elements
swirl, sparks ignite, matter is transformed, enormous clouds of matter are tossed
and catapulted into billowing, tumultuous formations of energy. Roiling and
competitive systems vie for material to become giant spiral nebulae or new stars
and galaxies, or to annihilate each other, gobbling their own, or even retracting
inward into a black hole, the ultimate mystery.
The soul is a construct of human musings, religious and philosophical and
creative. Survival of the shell, the vessel, motivates all life but some will give their
last away while some will take all of everyone else's.
How does a mutation take place in a soul so the drive to destruction takes over,
one damaged soul contaminates the pool and brings great pain and suffering to
otherwise co-existing souls?
Other souls will gather to restore the balance, will bring the forces necessary to
make sure the deranged elements are revealed for what they are and confronted.
The urge for life presses forward, the sparks of life find new fuel and create new
Charmaine Locke lives and works in Carbondale, Colorado and Splendora, Texas.