Celebrating RA Poetry and Community Creativity
Welcome to April, National Poetry Month. Since 1996, the Academy of American Poets has celebrated the legacy and achievement of American poets, introduced Americans to the joys of reading poetry, and made poetry an important part of school curriculum.
On HealthCentral, we will celebrate the talents of our own RA community and create a place to share our thoughts, our words, our poems throughout the month of April. To get us started, I created a poem which features a side of rheumatoid arthritis.lightby lisa emrichrain beats down on the windowsillheat rises from the concreteearly morning stretchesundo glitches inmy toes,astime stalls,outside children playin the sun rays and laugh whiledawn drips down their faces and smilesa gasprings out whiletangles twist abouthands, knees click and clack,ravished joints mostly seek solacein the comfort of heatteasing lighti love thesun
In looking for inspiration, I took the word “rheumatoid arthritis” and created this acrostic poem. An acrostic poem is one in which the first letter of each line creates a word when read vertically. Try your own and place in it in the comments section below.
Another type of poem would be the Haiku. An English Haiku is comprised of three lines, each having 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables respectively. Haikus can be presented together as one longer poem.progressby lisa emrichonce upon a timemy fingers were grotesque clawsmy hands were uselessmy rheumy listenedprescribed chemotherapydrugs to kill B-cellsnow I play with heartchopin mozart beethovenall lovely musicRA took my handsonce, but now I control thembless the drugs which workif toes get tangledit's time to call my doctorno more B-cells please
What would you say to your disease or about your disease in 17 syllables? Post yours Haikus in the comments section. Let’s have some fun during National Poetry Month. I look forward to seeing how creative our community can be.