An Ode to the Cell

Updated on April 19, 2017

Feeling rather wet at a seedy junction

where junctional complex was stable and tight.

The only entrance into the cell

was connection through a gap

in the lipid bilayer sea.

Only to be let in by

a brilliant flow of electricity.

A place where function

is expressed as form.

A perfectly balanced city

built on crystal microtubules

formed into long stretches

of majestic highway.

On the highway a variety of motorized

units of protein, a Kinesin taxi,

a Dynein bus for our seat.

As we peer out the window

we see sparks from ATP generators

providing power and efficiency to our movements.

Vacuole high rise apartments.

New vacoules constantly created

by Golgi Apparatus factory powered

by collective energy created

and stored in Mitochondria.

We see a place where the motorized

protein buses receive their coded orders,

Smooth and Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum,

branches of government that receive RNA law

to implement and socialize cells citizenry.

Each bill carried in Rough

Endoplasmic Reticulum is a protein.

Building blocks to creation of movement,

in a city where great government

rules through a simple logical code

housed in the great Nucleus.

Where each code is translated and given

to Reticulum as protein law.

When age falls upon members

of the working class they retire

from a life lived in cellular law

when entropy has the final call

we see the cell inherit it's own

to recycle and reuse every molecule

with power stored within Mitochondria

a centralized, organized, translatable

government surrounded

by a sea of lipid bilayer.


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    • AudreyHowitt profile image

      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Well you nailed this Jamie--

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      3 years ago from Reno NV

      Audrey I love physiology and biochemistry of the cell. This is why my degree is in Molecular Biology. I love writing lesson plans and working out creative ways to explain the cell. Plus, I need at least one science poem every poetry month. Jamie

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      This was waaay cool Jamie--

    • jhamann profile imageAUTHOR

      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      3 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you Har Prasad for leading me to your science, math, engineering poetry. Very nice. Thank you Ksenija for your kind words. Thank you Ruby for reading this poetry month and your support. Thank you Teresa it is always a pleasure to have you drop by. jamie

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      teresa hewesufa 

      3 years ago from oxford uk

      DRNM = dearreadingnichemind of


      My mind picked up the first letter and lettered on with

      growing delight in the chemical biological connections

      T h a n k s

      for the idea kick into this realm so close to

      the skin and its secretive accessible underworld

      With a synaptic smile from


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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Wow, this was like a course in biology 101. Very creative and cleverly written...

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      3 years ago from Novo mesto, Slovenia

      Clever! Liked it :)

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      Hari Prasad S 

      3 years ago from Bangalore


      Felt like I am back to biology class in my school. :-)

      A great poetry linking our cells to forces of life.

      A unique endeavour. I had attempted to do same in one my poem linking algebra, physics and electronics to life.

      Check this poem.


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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      3 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you manatita44. I am happy to hear from you. Jamie

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      3 years ago from london

      Wow! This one is deep bro. Quite refreshing to read your work after some time. A much needed topic; a very creative and original piece and a superb metaphorical touch towards the end. It's your own style, all right, but I thought that Alicia was the expert here. Great imagination!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      3 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you whonunuwho. Jamie

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      3 years ago from United States

      A nice trip through the functions of our cells and revealing the existence of the life force, itself. well done my friend. Blessings to you and family. whonu


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