Poem by Kath from 2009 - (gosh 5 years, where has that gone)

kathbee
kathbee Member Posts: 934
edited 31. Aug 2014, 17:06 in Community Chit-chat archive
Here's a Poem I devised in 2009
Can't believe it was so long ago when I posted it on here.
For the new peeps, here it is.

And - 35 years of age was
35 years ago. Yep I am a golden-oldie.



ARTHUR and ME

When I was around 35 or so
My body began to get really slow
“What’s up here”? I said to myself
So I went to the library and looked on the shelves

I had lots of pain in my hands and my feet
And suddenly life didn’t seem that sweet
I’d wake up each morning with a terrible dread
“Now how the heck do I get out of bed”

I struggled on, saw the doctors a lot
But no-one came up with what I had got
One even told me “It’s cos you don’t work”
I had two little kids and never would shirk

I struggled some more but the pains just got worse
Elbows, knees hips - Yikes, it must be a curse
Then one day “Eureka, we finally know
What’s attacking you and making you low”

“It’s something called ARTHUR, the Rheumatoid kind
Sorry ‘bout that and hope you don’t mind
But just so’s you know, there isn’t a cure
But there’s buckets of tablets to try that’s for sure

So along came a wheelchair, a bath seat and such
Of this lot, there’s nothing I like very much
Now blood tests, injections, appointments, whatever
Who’d have thought it – I certainly never!

I walk quite peculiar, bit beggared and bent
Wear clompy shoes, not quite heaven sent
“Who’s that in the mirror”? Oh gosh is it me?
I’m enough to scare babies and children, oh gee!

But my Constant Companion does not lets me down
It’s name is PAIN and it’s always around
Exhaustion and stiffness and what feels like flu
Just about sums it between me and you

But what would I do if it left me tomorra
It would certainly be with some shock and horror
For I cannot remember what my life was like
Before I went on this very long hike

There’s a website to visit called Arthritis Care
The problems I have, I’m able to share
That’s such a big help in so many ways
I’ll remember the folks to the end of my days

So I try very hard not to get down
I guess that a smile, sure beats a frown
I’ll just count my blessings each and every day
And hey! I’m still upright so I must be OK!!

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Comments

  • barbara12
    barbara12 Member Posts: 21,093
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Kath what a brilliant poem , and thanks for sharing it..how do you feel when you read does it feel like you are talking about yourself, or someone else..its a long time to put up with Arthur..xx
    Love
    Barbara
  • tjt6768
    tjt6768 Member Posts: 12,170
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    :lol:
    excellent :wink:
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  • kathbee
    kathbee Member Posts: 934
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you Barbra and Tony

    It is a long time but I went un-diagnosed for 19 years, just put up with the awful pain in hands and feet, had blood tests but they didn't show anything, basically told to get on with it, until in 1998, I had the full blown RA and was diagnosed as 'Severe sero-positive RA. '

    Many many drugs and potions and one hip and two knee replacements over the years, I live to tell the tale. :)

    Currently having Tocilizumab infusions, 2 other biologicals didn't work as other DMARD's didn't (I always an awkward beggar) :)
    See how this one goes, in fact thats where I am bound today to the hossy to get hooked up to the drug.

    Take care all
    Kath
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,248
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Good stuff, kathbee. Why not stick it on he 'poetry thread' at the top then it will remain permanently?
    "The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran
  • mig
    mig Member Posts: 7,150
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Cool poem,not sure if we have met,I'm Mig whatever others say about me well take it with a pinch of salt. :lol: i have a poem on the thread the only one i have done i rather like it,hope to hear some more from you. Mig
  • stickywicket
    stickywicket Member Posts: 26,248
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    mig wrote:
    whatever others say about me well take it with a pinch of salt. :lol:

    Nonsense! A pinch of lycra is more up Mig's street :lol:
    "The deeper sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain." Kahlil Gibran
  • kathleenT
    kathleenT Member Posts: 3,360
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Brilliant Kath, tells it just how it is. :D

    I'm trying NOT to imagine mig in Lycra :shock:

    "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." Robert A Heinlein

  • tkachev
    tkachev Member Posts: 8,332
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    I joined AC 5 years ago and agree time flies!

    Your poem is excellent and gets across the message of how misunderstood this illness can be. Hopefully your various operations and medications have helped and the pain has eased.


    Elizabeth xxx
    Never be bullied into silence.
    Never allow yourself to be made a victim.
    Accept no ones definition of your life

    Define yourself........

    Harvey Fierstein
  • kathbee
    kathbee Member Posts: 934
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Thank you lovely peeps.

    Sorry Barbara, I mis-spelt your name.

    x
  • marrianne
    marrianne Member Posts: 1,161
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Its a great poem Kath ,a lot of us can relate to it xx
  • kathbee
    kathbee Member Posts: 934
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    marrianne wrote:
    Its a great poem Kath ,a lot of us can relate to it xx


    Thank you Marianne, sadly yes, it applies to a lot of us.
    Kath
    x
  • marrianne
    marrianne Member Posts: 1,161
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Dear kath come back and post more xx
  • frogmorton
    frogmorton Member Posts: 26,674
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Fantastic poem - well DONE you Kath :)
    Thanks for letting us read it
    love
    Toni xxx
    Love

    Toni xxx
  • kathbee
    kathbee Member Posts: 934
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Marianne, I think my brain has stagnated somewhat since 2009 :cry:

    Blame it on old age or the meds, or anything, just got to blame something. :lol:

    Frogs, You are one of the stalwarts on here and back in the day you had actually commented on the original entry of the poem. Hope you are ok love, and your daughter and your family are coping as well as can be expected.

    You might even remember the daily blog that myself, Elna and another friend on here had going from around 2007 ( I had a different user name at that point) . Like I said where has the time gone!!

    Kath xx
  • marrianne
    marrianne Member Posts: 1,161
    edited 30. Nov -1, 00:00
    Well hope you do get more inspiration Kath ,I am comeing very late to poetry,especially enjoying poetry about things we can relate to even difficult things I missed you poem the fist time around so it was good to bump it Marrianne xx :)