NOTE: Blood comes into the right atrium from the body, moves into the right ventricle and is pushed into the pulmonary arteries in the lungs.
After picking up oxygen, the blood travels back to the heart through the pulmonary veins into the left atrium, to the left ventricle and out to the body’s tissues through the aorta
Four Chambers of my Heart
The first chamber welcomes home the lifeblood.
The right atrium is where my grief has a home.
A place to just be…
sad, sorry, helpless, worried
But the heart keeps the beat.
Moves the lifeblood always onward
into the right ventricle where my Thanks dwell.
All the moment by moment life-giving
Loves that surround me sensing
birdsong, bees buzz, mosquito stings to help me notice.
Appreciation sends the lifeblood pumping
to the lungs,
where inspiration and expiration,
giving and receiving,
letting go and taking it all in,
To where the joy of belonging
of being alive
Plays its part in the pulmonary drama
Left atrium’s joy balances right’s grieving
From the lotus’ roots in mud
into passions of perfume and perfection
That live in the final fourth chamber where,
the why, the want, the call, the pull
of how I will spend this flow of time today
Ba-dum, ba-dum, be-gin, a-gain,
To serve, to play, to share, to see
Allan David Smith-Reeve
Advent journey begun
November 25, 2023