Saturday, April 12, 2014

Souls (NaPoWriMo Day 12)

A soul is a small accumulation
Of liquid 
It can form either by pooling
In a depression
Or by tension
Upon a surface
That is flat

A soul is generally small enough
For an adult to step over
Souls can be a source of fascination
For small children
Small wildlife may be attracted
To souls

Medieval legend spoke of one man
Who was desperate
To find building materials
For his soul
So he stole cobblestones
From the road surface

The resulting hole
Filled with water
And a horseman who later
Walked through the “soul”
Actually found himself

Effects on Transport
Souls commonly form in potholes
On a dirt road
Or in any other space
With a shallow depression
And dirt
In such cases these are known as
Mud souls
Because mud tends to form
In the bottoms
Resulting in dirtied wheels or boots
When disturbed

In cold conditions
Souls can form patches of ice
Which are slippery
And difficult to see
And can be a hazard
To road vehicles and pedestrians

Soul Management
Souls tend to evaporate quickly
Due to the high surface-area-to-volume ratio
And tend to be short lived

Souls that do not evaporate quickly
Can become standing water
Which can become polluted
With decaying organisms

Natural Souls and Wildlife
Souls in natural landscapes
And habitats
When not resulting
In precipitation
Can indicate the presence
Of a seep or a spring
And provide


Napowrimo Day # 12: Today’s (optional) prompt is a “replacement” poem. Pick a common noun for a physical thing, for example, “desk” or “hat” or “bear,” and then pick one for something intangible, like “love” or “memories” or “aspiration.” Then Google your tangible noun, and find some sentences using it. Now, replace that tangible noun in those sentences with your intangible noun, and use those sentences to create (or inspire) a poem.

My "soul" information is from the Wikipedia page on puddles.  

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