Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Right Brain Left Brain, Jill Bolte Taylor, My Stroke of Insight

Thoughts on Jill Bolte Taylor's My Stroke of Insight

But what about animals...

Who has done brain scans of animals in different moods? Which hemisphere rules when the cat is hunting? When he lies at rest in a pool of sunlight? When she carries her kittens to safety by the scruff of the neck?

Right brain would be
a Zen monk,
Francis--conversing with the birds

Left--a fearsome Jesuit, yeshiva bocher parsing
pil-pul, Sean Carroll in another

Right brain
sips tea
levitates, tastes
the coming storm and smiles.

Left brain wants to know
the Right to be

Left asks, Where?
we came from, what we are--

Right drifts left
Left drifts right... gathering

memories, resentments, enemies
like zebra muscles on a sunken hull

Jacob Russell, 6/24, 2008

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