Diabetes, I am sorry… (a poem inspired by Diabetes Art Day)

Diabetes Art Day was on Monday this week. Unbeknownst to me, as I sat down with a pencil and paper, I had a few things to say. Five poems quickly poured out of me in a short period of time. This may be the one I resonate with on the deepest level.

Are poems even part of Diabetes Art Day? I am not really sure of the answer to this. I did sit down with the intent to be creative – just more words came out than pictures… : )

Have you ever tried writing poetry? I highly recommend it. There was something about that pencil and paper that just helped the words to flow right out of me — more so I believe than if I sat down to type on my laptop.

My heart shared as tears dropped from my eyes on the paper beneath me. It was a very cathartic experience. From Dictionary.com,

Catharsis: the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions, especially through certain kinds of art, as tragedy or music.

Yup, this sounds about right! And diabetes can feel like a tragedy on some days, can’t it?

I will forever be an advocate of Lee Ann Thill’s work in creating this day of art for those of us with diabetes as a means to heal — even if poems aren’t officially included…

Here is poem three.

Diabetes, I am sorry…

For the way I get mad at you
For the times I do not take care of you
For the times I’m embarrassed by you and try to hide you
I am sorry for not accepting you
For wishing you were not here
For thinking my life would be easier without you
For being too proud to care
For being too angry to accept
For being too stubborn to let you in
I am sorry…
You and me are pals
You have brought me many good things
You and I are ONE
At least until that CURE
Even then, I will not forget about you
and that journey we were on
and that dance that we shared.


Here are poems one and two that I wrote and posted this week if you’d like to read more!

Note: In recommending that you try your hand at poetry too — I am not saying this as a seasoned poet. So, give it a shot! There has only been one other time in the last 20 – 25 years that I wrote a poem — this one time was in February of this year when I wrote a poem in honor of my 25 year anniversary living with diabetes. Otherwise, I remember being a child in grade school being forced to write Haiku poems. Do you remember this too?

Blessings, light and love,


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