Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Brain Specimen

Lacy folds wrinkle one
upon the other
Each wrinkled fold is called a gyrus
and each of us has
our own individual
pattern of these folds.
Sliced thin,
the light box makes this dense tissue
seem translucent and dry.
Alive it was fueled by
one-fourth of the body's
oxygen-soaked blood
and full of ideas,
never at rest, always
keeping the body nourished and working.
Always thinking and dreaming.
The cerebral ventricle is the
open part - what did it
hold in life?
This sliced piece looks
like a face.
Is this brain's
spirit as beautiful
as the brain?

Marsha Salerno May 2008

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