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At Home in the Body

“…as long as we have a body and our soul is fused with such an evil we shall never adequately attain what we desire.”
– Plato (Phaedo, 66b)


I often wonder

    what it means

         that God gave us



made of bones,

    flesh, and water—

         with fingers, for example,

              to pop open sodas


for sipping on

    some hot summer

         day—or with



to wander into the gaze

    of others—strangers,

         enemies, lovers—

              eyes, those bottomless pools


of personhood

    like celestial sparks

         shot up and shining from

              shook foil.


Or what about

    Circadian sleep cycles,

         equilibriums for

              surfing, dancing, riding bicycles?


Not to mention

    (of course) mysteries like laughter,

         sorrow, or those intoxicating pleasures uncovered

              together between bed sheets.  


Whatever it all means,

    it seems our ‘souls’ will find

         no home without water, flesh, and bones—

              without these bodies.



Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash

Cameron Brooks

Cameron Brooks

Cameron is currently a graduate student at Princeton Theological Seminary working toward an M.A. in Theological Studies. He previously obtained a B.A. from the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, majoring in theology/philosophy and English. He is especially interested in Christian theological ethics. Cameron lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife Jenny.

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