The True Weight of a Man’s Soul


The True Weight of a Man’s Soul


The weight of a man’s soul

is never

determined by birth, nor by

grace, or by

gender, or volume, or girth ..

Nor either

by chance, or the sum of its

mass, that

which so effectively made up

the whole

of the vessel it once sailed in ..

But rather,

the amount and the measure

of both the

kindness and love that it dealt

and did share ..

With those it encountered

for each of

those moments that together

comprised the

entire physical life of its host

here on earth,

where it both sheltered and

harboured ..

That is, until its final release

and eventual

departure, being invariably

exhaled on the

last breath of those dying

and though

priceless in monetary terms


exceeding the grand total of

twenty one grams ..



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  • Doggerel Dave

    Lost for words Neville. Yours is a precious statement of....(I may come back to that - in the meantime I bow to Teddy's contribution above_)

    Given it's form, I believe it should be chiseled into a tall granite column and placed prominently for all to read.

    • Neville

      Aww Gawsh, now look at wot ya gone & made me do .......................... Cheers mate 🙂 💖

      ps - the smiley face thing is for you n the red one for Teddy ok .. Neville

      • Doggerel Dave

        Re your ps_..I likes someone who seeks perfect clarity at every turn, is straightforward in all interpersonal interactions .....and so on....

        My ps: Perhaps you could spell out the significance of the 41 grammes for those ignoramuses among the audience here who haven't much savvy when it comes to such quantitative statements ............................................. me!?

      • Fay Slimm.

        Simply brilliant - - must be one of your very best - - am putting this gem in my faves.....................x

        • Neville

          Bless ya Fay .......... x

        • arqios

          “and did I fill the world with love my whole life through!” (Richard Harris)

          • Neville

            Oh' to be a humble man & true (Neville Pettitt)

          • Goldfinch60

            So very true Neville. Great words.


            • Neville

              Thank you most kindly & truly Goldfinch60 .. so very much appreciated sir .. Neville

            • Dove

              Indeed beautifully written, and definitely worth the read. Bravo Dear Neville

              • Neville

                A mere thankyou does not seem adequate enough to express just how much I appreciate you visiting my pages dear Dove .. & three times in a row too is simply spoiling this old fella .. I just want you to know that I really am grateful my friend ......................... Neville x

              • Bella Shepard

                This poem touches the heart, the soul, the mind, the very essence of what is called the human condition. Beautiful words born on the wings of love, and those who are touched by that soul will be as numerous as the stars in the heavens. This is a poem for all time my friend, it is a privilege to read.

                • Neville

                  Dear Bella, please excuse my seemingly delayed response in thanking you for the overwhelming generosity you have again shown in the seriously heart-warming review left for me and my scribble above ............................... Neville

                  • Bella Shepard

                    That's quite alright. Hope the knee is feeling better.

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