Daily Reminder

Yesterday the Daily Reminder reminded me that

turtles are not inside their shells, they are their shells.

The turtle’s shell is not her home, but her skeleton. Her.

This truth led me lumbering down the sands of mind

reminding me of the line erroneously attributed to Lewis:

“You do not have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

Upon first hearing it, and each time after, my tortoisey

head slowly sways from side to side in an affirming No.

I am a soul, and I am a body—a truth which if kept close

leads one to humility, which is “not thinking less of yourself

but of yourself less.” However, let this be your reminder that

Lewis didn’t say that either. Lewis claimed the humble man

will be an intelligently cheerful chap who enjoys life easily,

which reminds me of the stately turtle, skeleton and all.


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  1. Cherry on November 20, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Well, okay then!

  2. Duncan on November 22, 2020 at 9:55 am

    I love this poem, John!

    • John Blase on November 23, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks, Duncan. I hope you are well.

  3. Millie on November 23, 2020 at 11:23 am

    This is beautiful. Why do we try to forget or disregard the body? Yet I did it most of my life and still lean that direction. I need these reminders.
    Do you allow for sharing of your poems on Facebook?

    • John Blase on November 23, 2020 at 4:23 pm

      Sure, Millie. Just give me credit:)

      • Millie on November 23, 2020 at 4:42 pm

        Wouldn’t dream of doing otherwise. Thanks again!

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