Body do not be proud
Even though some proclaim you a temple
And worldings call you beautiful
A biography of a life well-lived.

You have your rights and privileges
But you ought to be my friend.
Look me in the eye and acknowledge
I am Soul. I am You.

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Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. So beautiful. When body thinks itself as the soul it will never be weak. What lovely and inspiring thought!

  2. Lovely in its truth.
    I think we sometimes (if not often) forget our bodies are the wrapping paper and our souls the wonderful gift.

  3. Wow! I wish I had written this!
    “You have your rights and privileges
    But you ought to be my friend.”
    Yes! Laying down the earthly ego . . .

  4. ‘You have your rights and privileges but you ought to be my friend’ .. oh yes! Such an exquisite and thought-provoking write!❤

  5. And it takes us a while to hear, below the hubbub of our minds, the voices of our souls, speaking. Well done. Khaya!

  6. What Sherry says is true! How hard it is, sometimes, to listen to our souls whispering truth to us.

  7. When the flesh can see into the spirit, all is well… all is well, indeed.

    Love, love, love the first line. Love it a whole lot.

  8. Thank you, Maga. I’m super pleased you resonated with the first line. It’s the reminder the body needs from time to time, as it tends pride itself on abilities.

  9. Khaya, so many in the world have taken to ‘worship the body beautiful’ and forget what it is that makes us…the wonder of the soul! A touching pertinent poem, succinctand eloquent.

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