Your Tender Buttons
Your eye, a product of evolution—
bacteria in the ocean discerned sunlight
from darkness, way back—becomes the visual sense
with which the brain interprets some of your surroundings.
When the lion jumps, you see and respond
with your amygdala’s build in directions—
you don’t even have time to think.
You didn’t devise the button nor the response
the first time, and, thereafter, the lions
have given amygdala control.
Melva Sue Priddy