Sunday, January 29, 2017

Poetry Sunday

When you're trying to figure out why some people believe the bizarre things they do, you can simplify things using the system of Ron Koertge in this week's poem ...

Geography of the Forehead 
by Ron Koertge 

Everyone thinks the brain is so complicated,
but let’s look at the facts. The frontal lobe,
for example, is located in the front! And
the temporal lobe is where the clock is.
What could be simpler?

The hippocampal fissure is where big, dumb
thoughts camp, while at the Fissure of Rolando
dark-skinned men with one gold earring lie
around the fire and play guitars.

The superior frontal convolution is where
a lot of really nice houses are set back off
a twisty road, while the inferior frontal
convolution is a kind of trailer park, regularly
leveled by brainstorms.

The area of Broca is pretty much off limits.
And if you know Broca, you know why.

Speaking of Broca, at this time of general ignorance of science, you may want to read Carl Sagan's fascinating book Broca's Brain for further information.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.



Mike said...

I once read where Broca's area was where face recognition took place. I think that theory has changed several times since.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A nice poem about the brain.
Broca's aphasia results from a lesion in Broca's area.