Medical Mutiny

30 years ago:
Scanning for signs of betrayal-
Evidence of treason.
Justifying a massive retaliative strike-
Chemical warfare,
Evil for evil.
We lose the battle,
We win the war

20 years ago:
Treasonous cells having never left,
lay in wait to attack
the weakened ground gained
in the decade long defensive.
New science, more chemicals,
Cloned soldiers-
The battle is won-
The war rages on.

10 years ago:
Has any man-made offensive
raged so long?
Covert operations- fickle bastards,
sneak attack.
The invaders have wreaked havoc
on the mother land.
Difficult to comprehend –
this strike may decide the war.
We are stronger-weaker than before-
but stronger.

All defensive operations
have moved north.
I live in my head.
These mutant cells continue their efforts
to evict my spirit.
Ignorant of self-destruction-
unaware they commit hara-kiri.
The soul will live on unencumbered.



20 comments on “

  1. Daniel Nest says:

    Excellent. Love the timeline and the real-world parallel.


  2. Rachel says:

    I particularly like this lines:

    “I live in my head.
    These mutant cells continue their efforts
    to evict my spirit.”

    Thanks for sharing your poetry, it's my favorite form of the written word. =)


  3. I love the way this has layered meaning. And I felt the weariness of continual battle, reading this.


  4. Wonderfully done! I too felt weary. It's


  5. Almost too much to think about. Sorry for the comment glitch!


  6. Zoe Byrd says:

    Thank you sir! It often seems very war-like


  7. Zoe Byrd says:

    Thanks Rachel, I never aspired to poetry but am finding I like it!


  8. Zoe Byrd says:

    Thanks Natalie, weary is a good description.


  9. Zoe Byrd says:

    HAHA… that should be our biggest glitch concern! Thanks Stacie!


  10. Robin says:

    I love poetry, and make some attempts at it. I love how this poem travels through time – and whoever used the word weary summed it up perfectly.

    Visiting from Moonshine.


  11. Larks says:

    Great poem! It sounds like you really went through / are going through the wringer. 😦


  12. Zoe Byrd says:

    Thanks for coming over Robin. Im glad that there are those who love poetry… Im such a novice at this point.


  13. Zoe Byrd says:

    THanks Larks! Its been a long haul…but while it lasted longer than expected…so have I… gratitude abounds.


  14. Shamu Boo says:

    The psychological makeup of a disease itself. What is its purpose, it goals, it thought process. Lots of gold to be mined in them thar hills.


  15. Zoe Byrd says:

    purpose? Population control? goals? I don't understand parasites…why kill the host when you go too?Thought process? Its an effing moron.


  16. I need more poetry in my life. Thanks for sharing.


  17. Zoe Byrd says:

    THanks for coming over to read it Sarah!


  18. psychochef says:

    “I live in my head”, and “The soul will live on unencumbered” – perfect.

    P.S. I have to say, you are one hell of a fighter, my friend.



  19. z- says:

    Thanks to my dear friends of which I count you…ty 🙂 me


  20. zoe...pbs says:

    read your new poem this week. Lovely!



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