The Battle Between the Heart and the Brain

Some people say we should follow our heart

Not the brain,

And others say, use your brain not your heart to decide.


Well, usage of the brain with millions of neurons at work,

Without the heart in it,

Will lead into a labyrinth of blind darkness,

Into blind ignorance, nay to greater darkness

If they devote themselves to brain knowledge alone.

Sunless will be those worlds

Where materialistic happiness reigns supreme,

Robbing one of all intelligence,

Attached simply to fruitive activities.

The heart is much swifter than the mind

Sees all existence as one,

Shines with love, care and empathy.

Ready selflessly to be there for humanity

One can almost hear the heart speaking

“Can’t you see the number of crimes, mass destruction,

Treachery, divorces? Logic is not being used rightly,

People do not trust their hearts.

Hearken to me my brethren, the heart is stronger,

More resilient, can bear any stabbing, cheating

And it keeps on working without giving up,

It keeps saying, give a try again.”


Yes, let us use our brain to save our heart,

We need to save the world, we need to propagate

Love, hope, faith, humility, decency, respect.

Brain can say, “Look at me, most people choose me, honour me,”  

But the heart will reply “I hold the answers you cannot see,

If you believe in me, the world will be saved I promise thee!”

. ©Pushmaotee Subrun

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About Pushmaotee Subrun

Pushmaotee Fowdur Subrun was born in 1949 in Mauritius. She pursued higher studies in Delhi University where she graduated in English. For the past forty-four years she has worked in secondary schools, seven years of which she spent in Masvingo, Zimbabwe, teaching English in an army school. She completed her PGCE at the Mauritius Institute of Education in 1993. After her retirement, she was a member of the Council of the University of Mauritius for three years. She is currently a reader and editor in the Ministry of Arts and Culture. She has written one novel, one play and Short Stories and Fables. Her poems have featured in Setu Magazine, ‘Poetry and Creativity’ and in Atunis Poetry.

6 thoughts on “The Battle Between the Heart and the Brain

  1. amitapaul

    I am reminded of one of the earliest poems I wrote which began thus :
    “ O the distance between the Heart and the Brain
    Is great , and constantly , unevenly aching
    Heart’s reasons Mind can never understand
    The Brain is steadfast when the Heart is breaking “
    Of course , here the subject is dealt with from a different angle


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