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.
light by lisa emrich
rain beats down on the windowsill heat rises from the concrete early morning stretches undo glitches in my toes, as time stalls, outside children play in the sun rays and laugh while dawn drips down their faces and smiles
a gasp rings out while tangles twist about hands, knees click and clack, ravished joints mostly seek solace in the comfort of heat teasing light i love the sun
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.
progress by lisa emrich
once upon a time my fingers were grotesque claws my hands were useless
my rheumy listened prescribed chemotherapy drugs to kill B-cells
now I play with heart chopin mozart beethoven all lovely music
RA took my hands once, but now I control them bless the drugs which work
if toes get tangled it’s time to call my doctor no 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.
Lisa Emrich is a patient advocate, accomplished speaker, author of the award-winning blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA, and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers. Lisa uses her experience to educate patients, raise disease awareness, encourage self-advocacy, and support patient-centered research. Lisa frequently works with non-profit organizations and has brought the patient voice to health care conferences and meetings worldwide. Follow Lisa on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.