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An Ode to the Cell


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.


Audrey Howitt from California on April 22, 2017:

Well you nailed this Jamie--

Jamie Lee Hamann (author) from Reno NV on April 22, 2017:

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

Audrey Howitt from California on April 20, 2017:

This was waaay cool Jamie--

Jamie Lee Hamann (author) from Reno NV on April 20, 2017:

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

teresa hewesufa from oxford uk on April 20, 2017:

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


Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 19, 2017:

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

Ksenija from Novo mesto, Slovenia on April 19, 2017:

Clever! Liked it :)

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on April 19, 2017:


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.


Jamie Lee Hamann (author) from Reno NV on April 19, 2017:

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

manatita44 from london on April 19, 2017:

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!

Jamie Lee Hamann (author) from Reno NV on April 19, 2017:

Thank you whonunuwho. Jamie

whonunuwho from United States on April 19, 2017:

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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