The Purest Action

by Neesa Suncheuri

The Purest Action

Her mouth utters lies, but her teeth speak the truth.
Each one whiter than the other.
She is not a racist, so she says.

Against the coast, the water foams pale,
Dirt is brushed away, nothing remains.
Indigenous peoples replaced with foreign customs.

I long for a place where everything is good.
Where opposites are equal, and intentions are right.
Only possible, when we can admit we are wrong.

Is justice a scale, or a pendulum?

The Purest Action

The tipped scale is askew, and rectified
With an easy nudge, both sides now balanced.
Or perhaps the weights are altered, light where once heavy,
Strength where once weakness was.

Yet the pendulum is aggressive.
Its balance is achieved by
Equallic swinging, to and fro. But should it stop?
Is stillness more desirable than action?

We fight against this change,
Yet change stokes the mind.

We must observe both sides of the coin at the same time…

This requires ocular dexterity…

Otherwise abstract imagination…

Not a tangible possibility…

Unless we evolve.


Neesa Suncheuri works as a mental health peer specialist at a housing agency in Queens, New York.  She is the founder of a Facebook discussion group for peer specialists and other recovery enthusiasts, entitled “What is Wellness?  A Mental Health Discussion Group.”  Much of her creative inspiration is rooted in her now-tamed schizophrenia.  She writes poetry and fiction, and maintains a blog called Unlearning Schizophrenia.  She is also a singer/songwriter, and an enthusiast for the German language and culture.  Follow her on Twitter at @neesasuncheuri.

2 thoughts on “The Purest Action”

  1. Your line, “We must observe both sides of the coin at the same time…” speaks so loudly to me. I think of this from Gregory Bateson, “Language commonly stresses only one side of any interaction.” To find the way see both sides of the coin, both sides of an interaction, is perhaps only possible in poetry. Attempting the feat in prose has been known to cause one to be called mad, or, at least, insufficiently loyal or deficient in some belief system. It seems too easy to forget that the coin with two sides is one thing. Thank you, Neesa for lovely words of truth, again.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s