Each year, on Veterans Day, I like to acknowledge my immune system. I parade the White cells around my body, Marching them up and down the main arteries To the beat of pulsing blood and vibrating nerve cells. It is an inspiration to hear the cheers of the other cells and organs as the different teams of defenders pass by. In a special ceremony, located in the central artery Near the heart, between the lungs, The much admired and decorated ‘T’ cells Are cited for bravery, And recognized for the heroes that they are. The immune forces understand that not everyone Appreciates their dedication and sacrifice. They know that their lives can be a ghastly Whirlwind of killing, torture and mayhem; that Ultimately they represent the worst of what life is worth. Yet, they also know That until we can find a better way Of preventing sickness and death, Someone has to do it.
A Collection of Writings on Nature, Science, and Art by John Holland