Fugitive Fragments

by Mike McGuire

The Brain Has No Nerves That Feel Pain

A brain has no nerves to feel pain
so medicos rest their case here
the hypocrites of Hippocrates
engrave this in stone as fact.
At a laboratory in my mind
a sample of cerebral cells
are observed to divulge
Emotional destruction
Grey matter inchoate
Ugly scabs blistering
Dendrites damaged
Synapses smashed
Neurons numbed
Stasis shattered
Reflex wrecked
Cells severed;
of ego or id
not a sign
Just pain
of loves
gone
by

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65 thoughts on “The Brain Has No Nerves That Feel Pain

  1. I love the piece, an intriguing message…..and an excellent shaping.

  2. This is a wonderful piece, it truly is!

  3. Found you via Ina – this is a great piece. (‘Depression’ is one of my tags, too. Definitely a poet thing.) Pleased to have discovered your work.

    • How nice of you, thanks very much – any friend of Ina is a friend of mine (: You’ve piqued my curiosity now so I’m off to your place…

  4. I loved the presentation of this.. It enhances your words.

    ( you haven’t been showing up in my reader. Thanks for stopping by)

  5. Mike, what can i say…”just pain of loves gone by” …if there was ever a best last clause – for the brain to encounter :-)

    • Sometimes I stop and wonder about the impact that my poems have on a reader’s feelings; other times I read comments like yours and know the answer. Thank you very much Maria.

  6. and i can almost feel the pressure of the spike bearing down :)

  7. it seems as though you was in a bad mood but had softened by the end, angry at the frail brain that feels nothing but senses pain, maybe i can empathise or sympathise
    i like rhymes that focus on the first letter as yours has

  8. Word! You broke it down so purely I enjoyed the perfection!

  9. This is an excellent piece of work Mike! I also liked the shape you formed.

  10. Reblogged this on How my heart speaks and commented:
    Really intriguing form

  11. A work of visual art and of poetry…brilliant.I will ponder over it.Thanks for writing it..I like to think

  12. this was interesting..and a different attempt. so well done

    • Thanks old friend, they say one should try everything at least once and it appears that I’m a glutton for punishment. When you think about it, the geometry is just an extension of writing to set forms.

      As a aside, thank you for being my silver-medal commenter for 2013. _/|\_ Namaste

  13. My sentiments entirely. You hit the nail on the head, with the content as well as the form. Doctors and scientists are in league with God, didn’t you know?

  14. marcus on said:

    Great piece of writing. Angela mentioned about layers…will need to re-read this to fully absorb. I have so much to learn so I may annoy you from time to time.
    Be well Sir Mike
    Cheers

  15. A great paradox is revealed: the nerveless brain that can generate the greatest pain via mental anguish. And while scientists can work on the chemical formulation for love, we know that as much truth is discovered there’s always a bit of magic unaccounted for….and so here we have this piece of poetry magic (loved the visual shape too).

    • Hey Hey RT – you were on my mind then I just noticed an email telling me you’ve posted so I’m coming around to annoy you.

      Paradox indeed revealed by your scrutiny (for which I’m truly grateful) and also the ‘je ne sais quoi’ whose genesis could only be in the alchemy you suggest. Thank you for enhancing the interpretation of this pointed piece.

  16. This is absolutely fantastic. Love how the poem’s form diminishes as the worth placed on the human intellect does. Can’t stop reading it!

  17. true – nerves feel pain when the brain declares it is so – on their own, no brain no pain.

    nice thought – liked the shape of the poem too.

  18. I love how you have many layers in this, Mike, especially how your language moves from complexity to simplicity… as if the end point is so very simply love. Very nice poem!

  19. I love the way this poem shapes up.

    Brilliant!

  20. Heartafire on said:

    This hit a nerve Mike, very fine writing.

  21. Muddletation on said:

    Especially special

  22. How do you do it Mike? You manage to surprise me every time! :)
    Greatly written and emotional.
    It touches me.
    Lots of love
    Patty

    • You’re very kind Patty, thank you. Admittedly I had to bleed this one down but otherwise writing poetry is always an enjoyable challenge.

      • Hmmm I always bleed when I write my poetry.
        Still, I can say that I enjoy it as well! :)
        But this one is very special, I don’t think I could ever create something like this!
        Hugz

  23. Mike, this is beautiful. Pains me at the same time. Poetry suits you. You express emotion quite well. Nothing to heal a heart is there?
    ~Audrey

  24. Very creative. Amazed not only at the word composition but the composition of the layout! Bravo!

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