Fay Vietmeier

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Knowing a soul

Knowing a soul


The deepest oceans 

Can resemble the shallowest people

Absorbed by the surface

What’s underneath 

Remains a mystery 

Can we know each other’s souls

Through writing? – Alan Geller 


It depends on the soul.

It depends on the writing.


In truth: We only ever know a person 

.. to the degree they give access .. 

What is “behind the entryway” 

What is hidden underneath?

.. in the heart 

.. in the soul 


Can we know a soul .. without knowing the heart?

Soul-to-soul is not possible without heart-to-heart


How does one soul know another’s soul?

It is a simple question. Yet: COMPLEX .. PROFOUND

“We have this treasure in jars of clay” .. mysteries abound 


Knowing has many depths .. many layers .. many HUES 

Knowing .. is not straightforward .. it is easy to confuse.


I have many friends .. .. some are brand new 

But I “know” very few .. these are proven & true 

To “know a soul” .. involves desire, commitment & patience. Breakthroughs. 

Heart-to-heart .. Soul-to-soul .. I would like to “know” you.


This is an intimate journey to the center of another being

The outside is but a shell .. the inside requires deeper seeing 


How deep are the wells?

What quality the water?

Some waters are bitter

Some waters are sweet 

.. Blest are you .. 

If sweet waters you meet 


“The eyes are the window to your soul.” – Shakespeare                                      

“It’s not what you look at that matters .. it’s what you see.” – Thoreau 


Our being is broken .. we are not quite whole

Is the heart easier to know .. than the soul?


.. I am made to wonder ..

“Can we know each other’s souls .. 
Through writing?”  – Alan Geller 


What is in the soul? 

Mind .. Will .. Emotions .. reason, character, feeling, consciousness, qualia, memory, perception, thinking


Through words: the mind of the heart is revealed 

.. but intentions can still be concealed ..


We humans practice inner stealth

.. we fool others .. we fool our self


.. we bar access to our deepest places        

.. truth is not always seen on our faces


.. we bar entry to other people and to God

.. motives are hidden .. behind some façade 


.. our hearts & souls .. where deep secrets are kept

.. by what are they governed? God has given precepts


.. in dark shadows, our spirt is found wanting .. unwilling 

.. is it lusts and desires that we are selfishly fulfilling? 


.. at times we argue with our self ..

.. at times we argue with God ..


We are spirit beings .. with a soul .. IMMORTAL .. 

Can you see beyond? Where is the portal?


Too soon .. it is ashes to ashes & dust to dust 

Did you choose to believe? Do God you trust?


"Oh no, I see “Trouble”

A spider web is tangled up with me
And I lost my head
And thought of all the stupid things I'd said

Oh no what's this “Trouble”
A spider web and I'm caught in the middle
So I turn to run
And thought of all the stupid things I'd done

And I, I never meant to cause you trouble
And I, I never meant to do you wrong
And oh no, I never meant to do you harm” – Coldplay “Trouble”

We are "broken" beings .. in our brokenness .. we do harm & hurt people .. often those closest to us.

We close entryways 

.. we build walls ..

That turn hearts turn to stone 

Stones keep us from knowing our own soul

Self-protection produces aching architects.

Impairments that “close entryways”

.. closed-eyes

.. hard-hearts 

.. lack of desire

.. lack of effort

.. lack of honesty

.. lack of awareness

.. lack of inner depth


Knowing your soul .. knowing the soul of another .. is a process of exploration & discovery that requires willing spirits, brave hearts, honesty, desire, discernment, commitment & much loving patience

Blessed are you .. if you find in another being .. a nest for your heart & soul 

Desire & commitment to “know” each other,  can make two halves .. WHOLE


Only God “knows” your true being: the motives & intentions hidden within your heart & soul

Your Maker knows you better than you know yourself.

Good news for all willing souls ..

“The Lord is my Shepherd 

I shall not want                         

He makes me to lie down in green pastures 

He leads in beside still waters 

He restores my soul” – Psalm 23


Giving honor .. 

To Alan Geller for a deep question:

Can we know each other’s souls

Through writing?

Submission: Trouble

Artist: Coldplay


Author’s note: the knowing of a soul is too deep to limit to “writing” .. far exceeds “writing” .. though words give clues 

“Behind the entryway” – @Farooq Omar 


Beautiful art: https://www.duyhuynh.com/about-duy-huynh/

"In His Light" .. I write

All rights reserved:  Fay Marmalich-Vietmeier 

If my words make you think … Great ;~)

As “iron-sharpens-iron” … I enjoy bantering with other BEES … please know, your feedback is as “honey”

A glimpse of the “Bee” called “me” ;~)

My caring nature makes me an advocate. My curious nature makes me a “queen of questions” but gifted with the ability to listen ;~) I am a woman of deep faith, a blessed mother, a voracious reader, a blossoming writer, a grateful person, and a lover of beauty. I treasure family, true friendships & my loyal clients. A "student at heart, I love learning: in every human dimension. Enjoy traveling, good books, good movies, good wine gardening & golf. 

I’m a “heart-to-heart” communicator.






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Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #13


@Preston 🐝 Vander Ven 

Warmest welcome Preston 

I appreciate your encouraging feedback 

Preston 🐝 Vander Ven

1 year ago #12

No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. Great Buzz

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #11

Alan Culler

1 year ago #10

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #9

@Pascal Derrien 

deep though Pascal 😇😇

I'm made to think 

.. hermetic souls are even more enigmatic ..

Pascal Derrien

1 year ago #8

Souls should be enigmatic I suppose we only get to know them if they want to be less hermetic even it is only for a few moments   

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #7

Jerry Fletcher

1 year ago #6

Fay, Would that I were more of a literary mind. Then I might fully comprehend the web you weave here at BeBee. And so it goes.

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #5

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #4

Alan Culler

1 year ago #3

@Fay Vietmeier  Thank you for the tag to your soulful poetic exposition. It is a pleasure to “know” you in whatever fleeting way, from another student at heart. I wouldn't have pegged you as a golfer -who knew “what lies underneath.” I don't play now, but my first jobs were caddying.

I don't know if we truly know each other through our writing as @Alan Geller asked. We keep writing... hoping….

Fay Vietmeier

1 year ago #2

@Farooq Omar 

You are fondly ❤️ remembered here “Behind the entryway” 

Debasish Majumder

1 year ago #1

lovely buzz @Fay Vietmeier ! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz.

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