Intrinsic Contingency Plan

Rory Sullivan, June 2018

This is a story about sacrifice,

The wounded body recognizing not-self

The necessity of defense against invaders

From the outside world

In the time of a blink,

Receptors bind chemokines,

Call neutrophils from the blood –

The most noble of cellular warriors.

So fervent in battle that they consume enemies whole,

Though in the frenzy the heroic neutrophil too must lay down

His sword to preserve the veined, thumping integrity of life

Leaving lacerated skin weeping cellular debris in solidarity

The valiant neutrophil has not parted with life in vain –

When the infection has passed, the body is whole again.

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