Acrostic Poetry

I’m taking part in WEGO Health’s Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge

Day 13 #HAWMC – Write a health acrostic for your condition, hashtag, or username! (acrostic = a poem where every letter of a word serves as the first letter of a word or phrase, e.g. DOG = Digs Others’ Gardens)

A day late. I don’t think I’ve ever written an acrostic in my life, but here goes!


Insulated © 2013 Jane Waterman
Insulated © 2013 Jane Waterman

The first is for depression:


Darkness and melancholy
Embody your progression
Pain becomes real through neurochemistry
Rarely is it recognized or
Expressed that your state is not mere
Sorrow, but physical distress: a
Syndrome, worthy of treatment and cure
Instead, one bear claims of spiritual decay
One stands alone against ignorance, ashamed
Never knowing why the sufferer is blamed.


Then for Sjogren’s syndrome:


Sore joints, fatigue, and dryness are
Just a few of your surprises
Once ample energy and life
Gives way to pain and constant rest
Respite is not your way, as is
Endless inflammation and infection
No cure, and relief in only the most
Symptomatic way.

Systemic Sjogren’s is so much more than dryness
Years pass, life moves on
Nothing resolves
Diagnosis changes only that the
Reality that one is sick, not crazy.
One day there may be a cure, but
Meanwhile, I will eke out my life and
Energy, an hour at a time.