"Is there an after to disaster?"
- Julie Bartha-Vasquez, A Year That Would Be Better Off Not
“… Although historically the amygdala was considered to be involved primarily in fear and other emotions related to aversive (unpleasant) stimuli, it is now known to be involved in positive emotions elicited by appetitive (rewarding) stimuli.”
Oh amygdala, where are you?
is it not your function to balance
anticipatory fear with supportive memory?
Have I not provided you with enough joy
to calm me in this death-bringing disaster?
Have I not embedded enough hours of happiness
to bulwark me against this tempest?
Oh amygdala, I know that you
are the guarded repository
of the weaponized laughter aimed at me,
the betrayals of my heart,
the losses from which there was no escape.
Still, there were smiles, and laughter and love,
in copious measure overflowing.
Surely enough to prove to me
that “no evil lasts forever, nor indeed for very long."*
Oh amygdala, I turn to you
to hold the line on my resilience.
©2020 Noreen Braman
*Epicurus, 341–270 BC