Soul Cells by Bogdan Dragos

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I can see it


even though the napkin is

folded and crumpled

around the small things

it covers,

I can see on it

a drawing of a dragon

with flowers for horns

it pokes its

forked tongue at me

and winks

also its eyes

have long lashes

“You listening?” she says

shaking the

fist that holds the


I can no longer see

the dragon drawn

on it


I say

She proceeds to open the

napkin and

reveals a few small, white


“Forget what they taught

you in school. Despite

all they said,

the nerve cells of the brain

can actually be regenerated.

It’s been proven.

An’ you can do it

with these here beauties.

C’mon, take one.”

“What?” I said. “I didn’t

know my nerve cells

are damaged.”

“That’s because your

nerve cells

are damaged,” she said


“No, seriously. They have to

be. It’s because you

spent so many nights

awake. That shit

kills neurons more than smoking,

drinking, and hard drugs

combined. You

probably have just

a handful left.”


And she asked, “What’s


“I don’t know.”

“What did I ask you

two questions ago?”

“Shit, I can’t remember.”

“Do you even care?”

“Nope. Not really.”

“Your brain’s a graveyard

of neurons, boy.”

“Is it really that bad?”

“D’you still write?”


“Then it’s really that


Take one of those

pills. Here.”

She grabbed one with her

fingers yellowed

from cigarette smoke

and handed it to me

Perhaps the fact that I

took it proves

I’ve not that many

brain cells left. I don’t


I don’t know why

they’re so

important in the first



at this point all I’m

worried about

is losing soul cells

Now that would

be a tragedy

But the wink of the drawn

dragon from

the napkin

proved I wasn’t quite

there yet

Thank God


Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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24 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s quirky tale leaves me hoping that my soul cells are intact. Who needs the brain when the spirit guides the way? Anyone who writes and persists at it would know that switching off one’s brain (logical thinking) is the only way to go. I like the excuse for taking those white pills, probably helps with the hallucinations. I’ve got a unicorn waving at me from the window. No pills needed – just saying.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Terveen… your Soul Cells are intact and radiant! Don’t worry about it :))
      Just keep writing. That’s the (only?) way ٩(๑❛ ᴗ ❛๑)۶

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    1. Jane Aguiar says:

      I read the poem and that’s the question that came to my mind. Who needs brains when the soul leads the way? 😃 I agree with Terveen. 💯

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      1. Definitely!
        Whatever happens, it’s the soul that has the final word. Always.

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        1. Jane Aguiar says:


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  2. ⋆* ⁑⋆* (๑•﹏•)⋆* ⁑⋆*
    And… here’s the reading of this poem in my voice:

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  3. great write … I read all the way through.. 👏

    “Perhaps the fact that I

    took it proves

    I’ve not that many

    brain cells left. ”

    Well, that goes without saying but at least your soul cells are intact!

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    1. Haha! It’s all I really care about nowadays :))

      ଘ( ˊωˋ )ଓ

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      1. hahahaha
        wait, souls or white pills? Ha

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        1. Hmm… Let’s say souls for now :))) We’re keeping it family friendly here :))


  4. Loved it! So clever and unique!

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    1. (′ꈍᴗꈍ‵) Thank you for giving it a read, Dawn!

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  5. gwengrant says:

    Judging by this lovely poem, Bogdan, you have a long way to go before you lose so much as one soul cell. Seems to me,
    as well, you’re actually adding to them.

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    1. Wow! This sounds VERY good!
      Thank you, Gwen!
      ( o˘◡˘o)


  6. 13rrance says:

    It is a fantastic tale! Bravo!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. ⊂(◉‿◉)つ Thank you for checking it out!

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  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Great piece of work, Dragos, really enjoyed it. Loved the ending. Congratulations on another great piece of writing! Hugs, Joni

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    1. (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ I thank you, Joni!

      May the Soul Cells multiply forever! :)))

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Yes please, and love my emoji’s. Have a wonderful weekend my friend. 🦋🌹🦋

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    1. Let the soul cells multiply :))

      ꒰* ॢꈍ◡ꈍ ॢ꒱*˚‧

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        1. “impossible” is only in the mind. The soul knows otherwise…
          ٩( ^ᴗ^ )۶

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