SYNAPSES ON THE CEILING
In 1990 a physician named Frank Lynn Meshberger noted in the Journal of the American Medical Association that the background figures and shapes portrayed behind the figure of God [on the Sistine Chapel ceiling] appeared to be an anatomically accurate picture of the human brain.
Do you remember that moment
when Mind reached out from the hemispheres
with one dendritic finger
to make connection with Man? Sparks fired
across a space
50,000 times as small as a millimeter
and traveled the infinite distance between neurons,
30,000 of which could sit on the head of a pin
like so many angels dancing.
And that frescoed finger of God paused
for just a moment
at the point
of creating an eternity.
Sparks pirouetted across the place
where synapses are created. Form came
Bulbs branched from stem
and the synaptic moment
entered the cortex of long term memory.
We were there. Do you remember?