Breaking and entering

Premonitions work

If you let them out of rooms

You have locked them in

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4 thoughts on “Breaking and entering”

  1. It’s interesting how the message changes if you add punctuation in one place or another.

    “Premonitions work if you let them out of rooms. You have locked them in.”

    “Premonitions work. If you let them out of rooms, you have locked them in.”

    Did you intend it that way? I have read this one over and over.

  2. Punctuation does wonders, indeed. Your second interpretation opens up a whole new world of thoughts and imagery. I, however, meant for it to be one complete sentence, without commas in between.
    When I wrote this poesie, I was thinking of the power of mind. We sometimes stop listening to subtle messages that might be flitting around in our axons and through the trillions of dendrites*. It is so easy to lose them. I can’t really say where they come from. But who am I to know everything?

    Though the word premonition suggests a foreboding, and makes the implication a little darker, what I really want to talk of is the lack of use of those signals that our brain keeps giving us. “Don’t eat the orange, you threw up last time.” Or more serious ones, which are usually unexplainable, something like deja vu “Go and sit and read a book in the library, for Heaven’s sake.” (But you walk on and not just lose on some new, interesting knowledge, but also walk past that oh-so gorgeous man who could be the love of your life. I loved the movie “Serendipity”)
    So, “Premonitions work if you let them out of (the) rooms you have locked them in.”

    *if you aren’t a Biology person, axons and dendrites are important parts of the neuron cells in our brain. They are the channels that carry electric impulses around. (Neurons and peristaltic movements were my favourite anatomy topics in school)

    1. I’ve often thought about the signals that fly around the brain and nervous system: the ideas and the voluntary and involuntary actions. It has always amazed me that our brains know how to do so many things that we aren’t aware of — yet it is our brain, so in a sense we must be aware of them. Doctors and nurses go to school for years to study what our brains already know. (To use one of your expressions, “How cool is that?”) But I haven’t thought much about those subtle messages that are, as you say, flitting around in our axons and dendrites. Maybe those subtle messages comprise most of our neurological activity, but we aren’t paying enough attention to them — except when we dream. Maybe they’re like the dark energy of the universe, invisibly dominant. [Have I gone too far now? Remember, you started it.] Did you take anatomy courses in school? What were your plans back then?

      1. I forgot I’d not replied to this response of yours. Came back to this post through my trusted Random Post tool, and saw the unanswered questions.

        The thoughts and insights and observations flowing through our brain cells could comprise all of what you’ve said, and more. It is funny indeed that the doctors and nurses go to study all that is already known. But then, who knows? Why is he/she hiding? We can see around and know that most who know know because they’ve studied it, and not because they are aware of it all, just like that.

        When I said school, I meant grade 10. I chose Humanities in grades 11 and 12. Only because I was terrified of Maths. If I could, I’d have taken Biology and History and Geography. I don’t know what I’d have done with them, though.

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