January 06, 2011

Body and the Brain - A Dialogue

Said the body to the brain

“Why do you matter?”

“I don’t have to,”

said the smiling brain,

“but to some I do.”

Quirking her eyebrow

the body said,

“I wonder why that is?

After all, I attract

I repel; it is me

who bears a name.”

Little wonder,

the brain pondered

the body’s boastful claim.

“Could you really do without me?”

“Without a doubt!” the body said.

“It’s me they care about:

how I look, and how I feel.”

Deepening her frown,

the body crooned,

“Relentlessly they spend,

both time and money

with little regret.

It’s me they pander,

won’t have me slandered,

so the nip tuck,

and the botox,

waxing and shaving,

even a detox!”

“Huhmm” said the brain

and continued to listen.

“Do you ever get treated so?”

the body asked.

Do they care for you as much

as they do for me?

The lotions, the creams,

the nail polish and the oils…,

proof withal,

that to them I’m all supreme

and I’m held in high esteem.”

To get in a word

the brain did bargain.

Alas! The body didn't give...


you are the baggage

that no one really needs.

You resist, you curtail,

you ponder, and you refrain.

Poking them on their mental might,

telling on all their wrongs and rights.

Why would they turn to you?

You ask questions

they don’t want answers to!

You hold them back

on things they want to do!

You produce their pangs of guilt,

on all the wrongdoing that they did.

Always holding up the mirror,

reflecting on what’s inside,

when all that they want to see

are clothes and TV guides!”

“Is that so?” wryly said the brain.

“Defunct! Dispensable!

A vestigial organ is all you are!”

the body yelled afar.

Tired of all the ranting,

and having thoughts to think,

the brain wanted an end to this,

and t decidedly this it said:

“The beauty that you boast,

has meaning because of me;

without the thoughts that I do bring,

what would a body be!”


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R. Ramesh said...

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Georg said...

Hi Id,

The body and what's inside. I dimly remember having read somewhere this kind of dialogue.

Anyway, both need the other, like yin needs yang and the positive the negative.

By the way, I read your post on Tazeen's blog. You did well because that woman needs encouragement living in this religion infested country. And her blog is one of the most interesting and worthwhile I know.


net-net4 said...

Here another poem Id It is left on my blog :

"Is it that the pallet vanishes
or do the colors lose their frey?
Whichever one it is
An artist cannot say "
- Id It Is -

I have just read your last poem
Contemplate with the idea!

Eshuneutics said...
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Eshuneutics said...

Greetings to you. Hope you are well and 2011 has started happily for you.

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Aman@biber hapi,mucize,zayıflama,meksika said...

You talent must be of God.

Ann Karen said...

Great Post here! I agree with what brain said at the last part. Besides, what is beauty if the brain is empty? aight!

Nandi23 said...


Funny thing is now I am studying the brain ( but how it controls how much and we eat ), but I love the ending!!!

I learned a lot from my cats, they seem to have the mind over body down better than me, seems as if their brain is functioning on one level higher, they have simplified life to 'I like this', I like you', 'I don't like this', let me think on how to balance all three :D

How do we care for our brain though? I think it not if we think but what we think, but then again who is decide that, with over half our of our cerebrum having something to do with sight, maybe that's why our main focus is on how we look, and how others see us, animals have more specialized senses in smell, hearing (sixth sense:)) etc.

Id it is said...

That's an interesting insight Nandi about how sight takes up a major part of the cerebrum and hence our fixation on how things 'look'. ...

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