Emotional Ambush

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Science Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Emotions are all part of a simple science.

A bottled up emotion

Is a virus in the lysogenic cycle. 

Beware of this intruder, or foreign entity,

That has entered your body

For the sole purpose of inflicting pain. 

Relentlessly, the emotion will travel

Through your blood stream

And manipulate itself into millions of copies,

Stored within the confines of your blood cells.

The cycle, far worse than the opposing one,

The lytic version,

Maintains two distinct phases.

A dormant phase

Where emotion is concealed

And no symptoms and side effects are apparent.

The dormancy isn’t real sleep

As the virus works its way around your body,

From one cell to another. 

Pain isn’t outwardly felt

And you believe yourself

To be a healthy, human specimen.

Sleep and differentiation continue only for so long,

Until a random moment when the emotion “awakes”

And activates all the dormant cells,

Initiating an auto-immune war between your own cells

And your worldly body. 

Eruption: the emotion comes from seemingly nowhere

And eats at you, killing your will for life. 

Heed my warning –

When emotions are troubling you,

Turn on the switch for a lytic emotion,

One that attacks right away.

You will be overwhelmed but only for a mere instant.

The virus will soon leave;

There will be no storage,

No growth of anger and pain,

No attack that isn’t planned,

And no need for a tactic at survival.

From now on, allow yourself no bottled up emotions. 

Submitted: August 19, 2011

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I liked this! i love the range of vocabulary in here and i think you use it well :D keep it up xx

Much Love,
Eva ???

Sun, August 21st, 2011 7:10pm


Thanks so much. Your responses have all been so sweet and supportive! KMU. :-)

Sun, August 21st, 2011 12:16pm


Becareful what you wish for...this is one the most...
thought provoking and inspiring reads that I've read
in awhile...insightful, and brillant...I am glad and
happy for our future because of YOU and your writing...THANK FOR WRITING...TAGS...

Mon, August 22nd, 2011 6:59am


Thanks so much for commenting. I felt as if the poem maybe was too science-y, and so I was unsure about it. :-)

Mon, August 22nd, 2011 5:45am

The Jester of Punishment

I enjoy it. Very good on how to you describe it. Keep it up . Check and read some of my stuff please.

Tue, August 23rd, 2011 6:13pm


I definitely will. Thanks. And I hope I haven't used a terminology that people aren't very familiar with - both cycles are part of any level bio class. :-)

Tue, August 23rd, 2011 11:33am


nice one, well written ....

Fri, September 2nd, 2011 4:18pm

Lee Edward Neale

You are a fascinating writer. What a great imagination. Just out of curiosity do you have a background in medicine or psyche or something?

Sat, September 3rd, 2011 3:13pm

writers art

like this

Fri, September 9th, 2011 12:49pm

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