Thank you to all of you who have stopped by and offered comments on the topic of our healthcare crisis. I’m not yet finished exploring these issues, but am going to take a break in the process this week as my son and his new bride are here visiting, having just returned from what they describe as a magnificent experience in the Grand Canyon. For now, I offer you the following poem regarding the long standing struggles between the heart and the mind. Be well, and enjoy the weekend.

Meditation On Craniocaudal Folding


This morning, leafing through a science magazine, I read

Every human life starts as a tube-shaped embryo

In which the heart (the natural perch of love, it’s often said)

Sits high up while the brain (the seat of reason) lies down low.

Then, before birth, the embryo folds like a folding bed:

That’s  how your heart ends up positioned far beneath your head.


By letting this happen, we’re all guilty of complicity

In a crime as infamous as Adam and Eve’s was:

Namely, the forcible subjugation of the deity

Of love to the tyranny of mortal reason. Thus,

Before we’re ever born, all human beings come to owe

Cupid a debt, which we pay off by making works of art

That honor him. In this, we are inspired by the show

Staged daily by the sunstruck swan who preens in central Park

And whose neck often folds so that his head’s  beneath his heart. 

Jenna Le
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15 Responses to Meditation

  1. Embrace says:

    Hi J,
    This is so well said and done. Thanks for sharing all of this. Very interesting and enlighting.
    Have a safe weekend.

  2. Michelle says:

    I enjoyed this poem.

  3. Bittersweet on-the-hill. says:

    Good morning Jorge,
    I\’m glad your son and daughter-in-law has a magnificent visit to Grand Canyon. The one time I visited I woke up to snow storm and we decided to head out immediately. We were in a motor home and the snow storm trailed us all the way to the east and caught up with us in Pennsylvania.  We spent two nights in a motel before getting home to Albany.
    I loved the imagry in the poem, especially the swan with his head below his heart.  Just lovely.
    We have a new addition to the family, an Australian puppy named Sidney, aka Xena.  The name Xena didn\’t go over too well with the guys although it was starting to grow on me.
    Hope you are enjoy the summer and your family.   Bittersweet

  4. Cheryl says:

    Great poem and have a good time with your son and new daughter-in-law…. 

  5. Aimee says:

     hope you have a great time…
    *~*   :o) smiles are contagious…  :o)  so pass one on …  :o)  soon the whole world will be smiling… :o)   *~*

  6. LORI says:

    What a beautiful poem!
    And I hope you enjoy your son and daughter-in-law\’s visit while they are here. I\’m glad they enjoyed the Grand Canyon. But you know what? I bet that they would enjoy themselves no matter where they were at this point – even the city dump – for they are so in love, and it matters not where they go. 😀  I envy that.  
    But yes, the Grand Canyon is GORGEOUS. I need to go back there one of these fine days myself. 

  7. LORI says:

    I don\’t know what happened, but my comment published before I was done…
    and now I lost my chain of thought… grrrr.
    Thank you for your care and concern and prayers for the people in this bridge disaster. There are alot of hurt people out there. I would think that after the physical injuries heal, that the survivors will have mental injuries they will have to live with and endure forever. I think I would anyway.
    Enjoy your family and have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

  8. dying2die says:

    hi there.. this was very interesting and NEWS to me:)
    take care

  9. Marie says:

    That is such a nice and interesting poem.
    Hugs, Marie

  10. Linda says:

    Thanks Jorge.
    Also don\’t forget to send my wishes to your son and your belle-fille.
    All the best

  11. Gayle says:

    Enjoy your son and his bride!  I enjoyed the heart inspired poem.

  12. dawn says:

    \’…the forcible subjugation of the deity
    Of love to the tyranny of mortal reason.\’I like this..:-) aptly said. 

  13. CM says:

    enjoy the time with your son and his bride.  ah, and to know that my heart used to be above my head….  looks lke it is the center now…. hugs mtgal 

  14. Theresa says:

    Wow…this was very beautiful.  The imagery was amazing.  Thanks so much for sharing this with us!
    Be well!

  15. c says:

    Jorge –Thanks for the comment. It was a good weekend. I\’ve been trying to pack my weekends with lots of summer activities — hiking, biking, camping, swimming… I\’ve decided that when I\’m on call and trapped in the area to use it as a chance to explore my \’backyard\’ a little more.Hope all is well.

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