Longlisted Poem 2015

Colette Spaul

Colyton Grammar School, Devon


I feel I should know more about cells,
so I’m going to do what you would expect
from someone like me,

Because my generation was raised
with a world of information at our fingertips,
and Google is my friend.

My computer is having a slow day
– the cursor isn’t blinking.
Therefore it is taking me a while

to write the word ‘cells’.
I’ve been given time
to realise the irony

in what a group of cells
in the shape of a human
is researching.

I am autocorrected,
like Google knows
what I want to ask.

Are cells alive?
Well I can only assume
that they must be.

Cells die often,
and to have death,
first there must be life.

Do cells contain atoms?
More than I can think about.

More than the number
of hairs on my head,
or sleepless nights of a renaissance man.

Why are cells so small?
Because they are.
but it’s possible

that one should try
to judge them
from a different perspective.

And okay, it’s 2am
and a cold night is as fatiguing as a warm day,
But these were the things Google told me about cells.

© Colette Spaul

Project Details

  • Date May 26, 2015
  • Tags 2015 Cells - Longlisted Poems