Haiku: Water Retention

My body continues to hang on to water, and my impersonation of a beached whale is ongoing. I’m now up thirty pounds. I’ve decided it’s time to immortalize my experience in poetry.

A Haiku is a traditional form of Japanese poetry consisting of three lines. The first and third lines are five syllables. The second line is seven syllables. For me, there is immense beauty in the simplicity of a well-written Haiku — but don’t expect that in the following. I am, at best, a hack when it comes to writing poetry. But this is where my head is at this morning.

Water pools inside,

Competes with kidneys for space,

Squeezing my bladder.

* * * * *

Difficult to walk,

With thirty pounds of water.

I like a challenge.

* * * * *

Water retention.

I feel like a rain barrel.

Waterlogged fullness.

* * * * *

Like a spring shower,

Water pushes past my eyes.

Freed from retention.

* * * * *

The weight of water

Tries to pull me to the earth.

I fight gravity.

* * * * *

Quick! Find a straight pin!

The water my body holds

Is needed out west!