…a hurtful thing hurts yet more if we keep it shut up, because the soul is more intent on it: whereas if it be allowed to escape, the soul’s intention is dispersed as it were on outward things, so that the inward sorrow is lessened.
(Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae, Part I-II, Question 38)
Deep, deep the sinking sorrow when
the weight drags down to fallow fen
and souls intent on aching things
twist, turn and turn in spiral-rings.
And, sorrowed overmuch, the heart
digs into ruts: the end, the start
alike to fractured, inward minds
(no pleasure can transform, nor cry).
The body dragged beneath the weight –
unmoving, rusted, bolted gate –
the mind, the body enemies
while pleasure smarts in agonies…
Untwist, untwist the sorrowed soul
and turn it outwards, upwards, whole;
the truth unbogs the sinking mind
and sorrow turns
to hope refined.