Pie Chart by Omar Farouk Zubaedi

This poem by Omar seemed a perfect complement to our Healing Arts focus this month. This poem aptly illustrates the fundamental brilliance of a holistic approach to health care. Omar is an esteemed Colorado poet.

 

      physical body
              emotional body
                    mental       spiritual

 

          Fritjof Capra reminds that
studying elements of a system in isolation
                  tells us very little
            about a system
                   as it actually functions

if you pie-chart
a human being                      you have a pie-chart

 

when a rolfer
guides a knee-joint
back to center
and
               you weep
                        remembering

                               black haloes
                             ice cracking
                           vindictive eyes

in that moment
no chalk line
distinguishes ligament
from sorrow
memory from bone 

mind from soul

 

maybe there is 
some quality we carry 

which                            splits                            at                            death

 

   from some other quality

                                                                                                                                                       which
            sifts
                         back
                into
          soil

 

but that's not you 

right now 

as you are 

clavicles 
ventricles 
epiphanies 
etymologies 

clustered 

inextricable