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Rheumatological quatrains

 Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani, Uttarakhand, India

Date of Submission30-Jun-2021
Date of Acceptance10-Aug-2021
Date of Web Publication01-Jul-2022

Correspondence Address:
Ganesh Singh Dharmshaktu,
Department of Orthopaedics, Government Medical College, Haldwani - 263 139, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/injr.injr_144_21

How to cite this URL:
Dharmshaktu GS. Rheumatological quatrains. Indian J Rheumatol [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2022 Dec 5]. Available from:

Dear Editor,

The practice of rheumatology, at times, deserves newer perspective expressed through narrative tools like poetry.[1] Quatrain, a stanza, is complete poem in four lines whereas Japanese “haiku” is small poem consisting of three lines in its purest form.[2] The verses here are convenient amalgamation of the above two forms. These are inspired by haiku in their brevity and convey vivid imagery of diverse rheumatological afflictions.

  Arthritis Top

They rightly say

It's alarming

My crepitus reach

Home before me.

  Ankylosing Spondylitis Top

A bamboo that

Fails to flex

Is taken for walks

Less and less.

  Gout Top

Those tiny

Uric salts

Took the spice

Out of my life.

  Reactive Arthritis Top

When my eyes

Are sore

And knee

Collect tears.

  Scleroderma Top

Where Raynauds

Marked the territory

One can count

On fingers.

  Psoriatic Arthritis Top

For every skin patch

That I earned

My joints

Paid the dues

  Glucocorticoid Induced Osteoporosis Top


Is washed away

Leaving bones

As coral.

  Swan Neck Deformity Top

When disease is

On high notes

Fingers resemble swans

Before their last song.

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  References Top

Saha S, Bhatia A, Gupta L. Perspectives on poetry in rheumatology. Indian J Rheumatol 2022;17:101-2. Available from: [Last accessed on 2021 Jun 29].  Back to cited text no. 1
Biley FC, Champney-Smith J. Attempting to say something without saying it: Writing haiku in health care education. Med Humanit 2003;29:39-42.  Back to cited text no. 2


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