Diane Hine

(25 July 1956)

Will


Dissect a passing notion into parts,
look deep within the workings of the mind,
observe the neuron map an idea charts
and study each synaptic cleft confined.
It's staggering, to count the steps involved
and contemplate our ignorance of how
the thought deterministically evolved
and registered succinctly in the brow.
This cavalcade of causes and effects
electrical and chemical, in train,
requires aware reaction which reflects
the impetus of pleasure and of pain.
Unconscious hidden pathways underlie
the unfree will which constitutes an ‘I'.

Submitted: Monday, May 21, 2012
Edited: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

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  • Patti Masterman (5/29/2012 1:04:00 PM)

    I love poems about physiological and brain processes and how
    we come to be ourselves and this poem is incredible proof of
    just how amazing a process it all is..the whole thinking thing seems
    like deja vu to me; like an eyeball staring in a mirror saying, I see
    an eyeball staring in a mirror and reflected in another mirror is
    an eyeball saying the same..and so on and so on, lol..consciousness
    seems like a reverberation inside a hollow sphere that's called a skull. ;) (Report) Reply

  • Captain Cur (5/22/2012 7:01:00 PM)

    Aye! The unfree will in which the unconscious lie.
    Artfully articulated with logic and chemical train! (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh Rai (5/21/2012 10:59:00 PM)

    WILL, most essential part of human life. Will constitutes an 'I'. great write (Report) Reply

  • Jay Mandeville (5/21/2012 10:57:00 PM)

    Your blend of science and elegant classical verse sends me dreaming back to Darwin - Erasmus, that is, not Charles! Your style is much less flowery, mythological, and psychedelically anthropomorphic than that of his Loves of the Plants (appropriately so) , but a similar impulse of yours to rhapsodise about natural processes based on the precise, factual observations of hard science concerning the electrochemical bases of human consciousness, persuades this unfree will that constitutes ME to place you alluringly in the same neighbourhood with Charles's redoubtable Grandpa! Poesy recapitulates natural philosophy! (Report) Reply

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