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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
India
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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 Aug 20]. Available from: https://www.indianjrheumatol.com/preprintarticle.asp?id=349447



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


Effusion

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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Conflicts of interest

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  References Top

1.
Saha S, Bhatia A, Gupta L. Perspectives on poetry in rheumatology. Indian J Rheumatol 2022;17:101-2. Available from: https://www.indianjrheumatol.com/prepintarticle.asp?id=315680 [Last accessed on 2021 Jun 29].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
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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