Sitting beside a man who uses a scalpel and
who knows what’s inside your brain can be
You know in your heart, a part he doesn’t
know, your consciousness a stream that cannot
the flow beneath your dura mater
and pia mater*, all the words carried –
He sees only grey matter, no matter
how profound his skill, no matter how sharp
With relief you think you are your own prime
mover and your secrets are safe from the
brain beside you.
*Dura mater is Latin for “tough mother” and “pia mater” is Latin for “tender mother” and that, along with subarachnoid mater, are parts of the meninges that surround the brain and the spinal cord.