The Weight of a Human Soul

Posted: April 6, 2011 in My Poetry
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21 grams,
give or take
a few.

What does it matter
when it’s just
dead weight?

To the good Dr.
Duncan MacDougall,
way back in 1907,
it mattered so greatly
that he weighed six dying
tuberculosis patients
at the precise moment
of death.

Discarding results
of two deaths
for dying prematurely,
(when scales weren’t fully functional),
he found results
conclusive enough
to “prove”
the departing soul
of one human being
weighs roughly the same
as a sparrow.

According to the esteemed Dr.,
dogs do not have souls.
He weighed several types
of creatures,
at the moment of their death
and declared this trait
unique to human beings.

One must wonder
how he found animals
about to die
or if he killed them off…

in which case,
Dr. Duncan
was 21 grams short
of being human.

  1. I love this. I think I can think of a few people that are 21 grams short, myself, hehe.

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