like the snake charmer and the snake,
my soul’s companion is my body;
with whom i must be patient and,
Concede to its appetite.
call these desires what you will;
they are necessary in the Balance.
if i am to feed my soul it’s fill of
philosophy, music and art
then, it is rational and prudent that i also
nourish my body proportionately;
for, if it wanes i wane.