April 18, 2011

Lupus Haiku & Why I Write: (HAWMC Day 5 & 6)

Health Haiku. A haiku is a “miniature Japanese poem consisting of 17 syllables – five syllables in first line, seven in second, and five in the last. No rhyme or meter scheme is employed when writing haiku. The aim of the haiku is to create something greater than the sum of the parts.” Traditionally, haiku poems were written about nature and gently capture the essence of the aspect of nature that is being described.
What is more natural to us than our bodies and our health? 

I don't believe I've ever written a haiku. So this will be my first attempt! Bear with me.
Quiet souls feel pain
Tears hidden behind their smiles
Reaching out for help

Dare I try another...

Through illness one finds
Caring souls and friendship woes
Now open your heart 

Awesome sauce! My first two haiku's EVER! Now on to "Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge" for Day 6!

I write about [my] health because….

...I write about my health because I discovered what lupus was while sitting in my rheumatologist's office while being diagnosed. It was a cold speech which mentioned how lupus had no cure and included a printed handout being pushed across a hardwood desk. After which I was given a large dose of steroids intravenously in my bum. I left the doctor that day feeling numb and alone with no direction to turn to. It took a month and some change for me to roll out of the ditch of self-pity and look for answers. I hated feeling alone and confused. Every lupus patient should KNOW they are not alone in the fight against lupus! After searching online I found many support groups and even came across The Lupus Magazine who asked me this very same question! My response was this.

Thoughts? Please share them! Don't be shy to comment I promise not to bite!
Loving you,
Tiffany xoxo


  1. I would love to contribute a haiku. I haven't written one in years. This may take a some thinking on my part. Hmm I smell smoke.

    Your Haiku's are beautiful. I look forward to reading more and keeping up with your blog.

    Karen Vasquez

  2. See, you didn't know you can write a haiku. That was pretty good.


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