7 Haiku About Type 1 Diabetes

The staff at Insulin Nation try their hand at poetry. Can you top them? Enter our diabetes poetry contest.



Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?

In honor of the occasion, we’ve held a contest among the staff at Insulin Nation to create haikus about Type 1 diabetes:

Here are the winners:

Diabetes, why
do you hate the pancreas?
Tell me the offense.

-Travis Manni, staff writer

Just a little prick
Needles aren’t too scary
Get that test strip out.

-Laura Leone, designer

Aut numquid “-betes”?
Quid cavallari “-betus”?
Pancreas malus.

-Jim Cahill, senior writer

Physicality
Blood sugars bow to fitness
Vigilance saves me

-Rick Jaffe, publisher, SelfRx

Forget you, diabetes
We will live, laugh, eat and drink
Pancreas be damned.

-Leo Rice, operations

HbA1c
Glucose this and bolus that
What are all these words?

-Travis Manni, staff writer

Though it sounds to me
mellifluous mellitus
my heart does not sing.

-Lee Busch, creative director

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Craig Idlebrook is managing editor for Insulin Nation and Type 2 Nation. He's written about health policy, environmental health, community health, and maternal health for over 25 publications. You can reach him at cidlebrook@epscomm.com.