Ego Brain Heart Self

The brain feels crueler than the beating heart.
The gut is grosser resting further down.
Not being robots we are not that smart.
Our hearts don’t understand an AI frown.

The brain helps us when there’s a need to cope,
Anticipate how we should make some move.
Our hearts beat on beyond with rhythmic hope
Way past the need to optimize or prove.

The Moon and Mars are places we have sent
These little brains to tell us what they find.
The heart goes where no robot ever went.
We’re wise to kept our precious hearts behind.

Although we’d lose a game of chess to it,
We’ve sheltered hearts with love because of it.


Linked to dVerse Have a Heart! hosted by Lillian.
Linked to imaginary garden with real toads The Tuesday Platform.
Photo: “Heart Green Shelter” by the author.
My interest in the heart and brain connection comes from reading Rollin McCraty’s articles on the science of the heart.

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

46 thoughts on “Ego Brain Heart Self”

  1. Happy Valentine’s Day, Frank!
    I do like the lines:
    ‘The brain helps us when there’s a need to cope,
    Anticipate how we should make some move.
    Our hearts beat on beyond with rhythmic hope
    Way past the need to optimize or prove.’

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    1. Thanks, Marian! I almost didn’t put a photo on this piece. Your observation suggests this photo distracted attention from the poem. The reason for the photo was the green color which I think is the color of the heart chakra and the huge size of the leaf.

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  2. I really enjoy your metaphor – a modern twist on the classical conceit.

    The heart goes where no robot ever went.
    We’re wise to kept our precious hearts behind…. Wise words indeed.

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