POEM: “Soul Stuff“

Soul Stuff

 

Does it weigh 21 grams–

an ethereal power that can be measured,

the good and bad balanced

like angels and demons weighing options

on this celestial seesaw careening through the void of space,



or is it insubstantial as velocity

–the speed of a vehicle no longer active 

after the crash?




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The above poem was inspired by Dr. MacDougall, who attempted to measure the weight of a human soul leaving the body by weighing patients before and after death. He thought the soul weighed 21 grams. https://www.historicmysteries.com/the-21-gram-soul-theory/  

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