Rheumatoid Arthritis and a “Standard” Illness

Dear Reader,

As always, you have my thanks for your visit. I am sorry to disappoint you by having only this note for you this time. I  am going through a flu-like sickness (or the notorious flu itself) and it seems, the only reflections I can place in a coherent and cohesive writing frame are how big the impact of this condition is on me.  For my multiple-decade long companion, Rheumatoid Arthritis (known briefly as RA) makes the matters worse.  What kind of a Sunday read would that make?

I do, however, have a poem, “dis-ease”, on “my” RA for your review, one that has been accepted by Pastiche for publication in the Spring 2013 issue (not yet printed; the link, rather, will lead you to the literary work of other writers and poets but also to another published poem of mine):


gratitude stays away


“dis-ease” –

some want me to call it

those whom it does not visit

by no means “disease”!


twenty-four hours

year after year after year

my constant companion


fatigue, aches, fatigue, pains, fatigue, disorientation, fatigue


work gets done

must make a living

at what cost?


triple the rest

to do only the least



Hannelore Kohl

sun drains energy

body’s defective demands


merely that



gratitude stays away


I hope you will come back next week, as I very much look forward to you stopping by here again.

May your Sunday and your next week be one of the best times you have ever had.


Filed under Poetry, Reflections

5 responses to “Rheumatoid Arthritis and a “Standard” Illness

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  2. Oh no! I am sorry to heart. I hope this week will be brighter and your ailment will subside. Your poem was poetic and poignant!


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