Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cockatoos Warm the Cockles of My Heart

 Warm the Cockatoos Cockles of My Heart
Seated on a branch
Cockatoos flock
and stay close together
no matter the weather
especially when it is colder
We can learn from birds

What are the "cockles of your heart" and why do they need warming?

One of the meanings of "cockle" is the chamber of a kiln: in reference to the heart, it refers to the chambers, of which there are four (two atria and two ventricles). The heart has always been associated with emotions, especially love, excitement and fear, probably because when we feel a strong emotion we feel our heart thumping and beating faster. So when something "warms the cockles of our heart", it is a reference to something pleasant that makes our heart beat faster and makes us feel good. It is probably also the origin of the saying that something gives us that "warm and fuzzy feeling".
John Frith, Paddington
The cockles of the heart are its ventricles, named by some in Latin as "cochleae cordis", from "cochlea" (snail), alluding to their shape. The saying means to warm and gratify one's deepest feelings.
Patricia McPhee, Booker Bay

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