What Love Looks Like

We’re all Valentine’s all the time today! And so is Scientific American, which gets in on the Valentine’s Day fun by making a cute this is your brain/this is your brain on love stimulation map. Aww. (Click through to see full-size.) And now for some short poetry inspired by this map.

It’s occiptal cortex, it’s perpetual bliss.
It’s that pivotal moment, it’s angular gyrus.

Roses are red, violets are blue,
I’m looking at you, and
My dorsolateral middle frontal gyrus is on!

What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the East and [your name] is the sun.
Arise, ventral temporal regions, and kill the other parts
Of my brain that are inactive, they should all be active!

Haha. Happy Valentine’s Day! Oh, and obviously now’s the time to abandon this site if you’re not a Valentine’s Day fan. Get out of here with your black heart! But maybe a little boy will give you a pencil on the street, and he’ll be like Tiny Tim.