Marianne Reninger


Cell Theory (Terrorism Starts With One Man) - Poem by Marianne Reninger

One Man.
One Frayed Heart..
One Transgression...
One Repression....
One Obsession.....
One Radicalization......

Two Men.
Two Hungry Hearts..
Two Ripe Conditions...
Two Genuflections....
Two Armed Munitions.....
Two Publications......

Four Angry Men.
Four Fractured Hearts..
Four Black Souls Drawing
Four Tribal Bows Killing
Four Innocent Foes......

And So It Goes, and So It Grows.....Marianne Larsen Reninger

Topic(s) of this poem: terrorism, war and peace


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Terrorism strikes again and its force begins with one man and grows like a biological group of bad cells. Nip them in the Bud....

Comments about Cell Theory (Terrorism Starts With One Man) by Marianne Reninger

  • Qusay Alsalmani (8/19/2016 4:34:00 AM)


    When I hear or see the word, terrorism one picture comes to my mind. It is George Bush's picture. (Report) Reply

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  • (7/9/2016 4:11:00 PM)


    The use of the cell theory is a clever metaphor and subversion of what it stands for, as the basic unit of life a cell is the genesis of an organism to flourish, as it divides it multiplies growing at greater rates of growth. Here though the cell in question is a tumor, a tumor of human hate and fear that grows exponentially with every passing person that it comes into contact. I think its clever that you go from 2 to 4 I have a feeling the pattern then would have emerged from 4 to 8 to 8 to 16 until their is a collective unit of hate from which tribalism is a symptom. The only way to stop the hate from growing is to become united. Great Job! (Report) Reply

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (7/9/2016 5:35:00 PM)

    Kevin, my painting above will be exhibited for the first time next month in a juried gallery show (as seen on my Pinterest page) and you have captured its meaning better than anyone has. Would you care if I posted your critique on the back of the painting? I really appreciate your insight.

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/25/2016 8:49:00 AM)


    Terrorism! ! Destroying everything. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Sofia Kioroglou (2/4/2016 1:29:00 PM)


    Love it Marriane! So visual and powerful. So nice to meet you and your poetry is truly sublime. Hugs and Kisses from Athens (Report) Reply

  • (12/9/2015 9:59:00 AM)


    Beautiful and forceful in its effect. It is true; innocent are the one who are exploited and suffer most. Different groups and communities living side by side in harmony start to doubt each other and become enemy of each other. Loved your poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Mayo (12/7/2015 11:29:00 AM)


    One man throwing stones
    Two men breaking bones
    Three men call for death...
    Denounce them with your final breath.
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    Brian Mayo Brian Mayo (12/7/2015 3:10:00 PM)

    Just made it up- -for you- -you inspired it. I have to admit, I kind of like it.
    And yours too!

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (12/7/2015 1:15:00 PM)

    Brian, thanks for the find; where did you find this poem? Never heard of it. But the concept is certainly similar. Concise poetry is what I like!

  • Pamela Sinicrope (12/2/2015 11:31:00 AM)


    In Cell Theory, Reininger takes a basic biological tenet, that a cell is the fundamental unit of life upon which everything grows and proliferates, and compares it the growth of terrorism and of terrorist ‘cells, ’ a term commonly used in the press to describe varying terrorist factions. In four simple straightforward stanzas, she demonstrates the growth of a terrorist cell and of terrorism…starting with ‘/One Man/ One Frayed Heart’ to ‘/Two Men/ Two Hungry Hearts/’ to ‘/Four Angry Men/ Four Fractured Hearts/’…’/And So It Goes, and So It Grows/’ In addition to increasing the number of men and their ‘hearts, ’ Reininger cleverly uses only one to two capitalized and descriptive words per line to highlight the roots of terrorism, thereby emphasizing the importance and heft of each reason, each word. For example she describes the one man with the words, “transgression, repression, obsession, and radicalization.’ In the next stanza, she expands on these words to include words highlighting opportunity, religion, and publications. In the third stanza, where four men are now involved, the language in the poems gets even darker describing ‘/Four Black Souls Drawing/ Four Tribal Bows Killing’/…but it is the last line in this stanza that hits hardest: ‘/Four Innocent Foes/’ which highlights the senseless killing of innocent people who’ve unwittingly become victims of warfare while trying to just live out their daily lives. Thus, in highlighting that terrorism start with just one, can the reader then extrapolate that the solution to terrorism can also begin with just one person, one loving heart, one poem, one…. (Report) Reply

    Marianne Reninger Marianne Reninger (12/2/2015 1:23:00 PM)

    Pamela, you hit the nail on the head with your analysis! I couldn't have expressed it better myself. And I love the addition of the solution poem. Thanks so much! Marianne

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Poem Submitted: Sunday, November 29, 2015

Poem Edited: Sunday, February 14, 2016


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