Give Me Your Heart
Heart is a hollow, pumplike organ of blood circulation, composed mainly of rhythmically contractile smooth muscle, located in the chest.
And slightly to the left and consisting of four chambers: a right atrium that receives blood returning from the body via the superior and inferior vena cavae, a right ventricle that pumps the blood through the pulmonary artery to the lungs for oxygenation, a left atrium that receives the oxygenated blood via the pulmonary veins and passes it through the mitral valve, and a left ventricle that pumps the oxygenated blood, via the aorta, throughout the body.
My definition: A small, remarkably strong mass of pulsating life. Wild. Tamed by the frail bars of a ribcage. Circulating, pounding and thriving unstoppably. Red that flows, stopping and starting. Rhythmically moving forward, always going. For the inhale and the exhale. Dripping into every path, every part that needs function. Blood fills every line on the map, traveling to the right destination. Spun in a wash, a sparkling undertow, waterfalled into a daybreak clean stream. Cleansed. Useable. Steady till the end.
It is about the size of a fist. In an average lifetime, the human heart will beat around twenty-five billion times. The heart pumps about one million barrels of blood in the average lifetime, to try an equal that amount a kitchen faucet would have to be turned on all the way…for forty-five years. Since the heart has its own electrical impulse it can continue to beat even when it is separated from the body, as long as it has an adequate supply of oxygen. The signature sound that is a heart’s beat is the ‘thump-thump’ of the four valves closing. The heart begins beating four weeks after conception.
Some are amazingly anatomical others are broken yet brass. From the Tell Tale Heart to the Achy Breaky Heart, the infatuation with this organ is unrelenting. It’s powerful and poetic and captivating, a forever significant symbol. Heart tattoos may be typical but even the typical can be unique. Commercialized and anatomical alike here are some awesome inked expressions of love and its many devotions.