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Flicker of the Mind

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Flicker of the Mind

How fleet is a flicker of the mind
Perhaps with a noble thought assigned
To explore some lofty domain?

Electrical impulses move about
Seeking logical connections, no doubt,
And thought processes attain.

Convolutions so deeply etched
Cradled in the cranium to fetch
Details of facts in a complex chain.

Currents travel down neuron highways
With synapses probing the mind's byways
Swifter than salmon out of terrain.

So let the impulses swim in streams
Transmitting data, fulfilling dreams.
Treat it respectfully, it’s your brain.

But it’s no wonder we often go blank
When searching this immense storage tank
With an aging psyche seine.

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  1. Date: 3/8/2011 3:51:00 AM
    Wonderfully written!. Your rhyming is spot on and your descriptions had me intrigued from beginning to end. I like this form. N:)

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 11:32:00 AM
    Your writing takes us deep into the world of science and relates it to life in other ways, James. I was mesmerized by the neuron highways, the electrical impulses and especially the "aging psyche seine." You appear to have a good grasp of science and a philosophical mind. Excellent poem and what youconvey in the last verse is probably true. We can only pick certain things from the "immense storage tank" and other times just go blank. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 2/20/2011 6:48:00 AM
    Gret rhyming, clear and precise, " how fleet the flicker of the mind" how wonderful is that, so it took me up in its flow to the end, well done~~

  1. Date: 2/19/2011 4:08:00 PM
    Wonderfully written. Your descriptiveness and rhyming are remarkable.