Poet’s Corner – January 28, 2014From Our Editor: 

Well, here we are at the start of a new year, with the holidays behind us.  I have decided this year not to make any resolutions, but to instead set attainable goals.  One of my personal goals is to make this a place, where anyone living with a chronic illness, will not only want to stop by and check out what we are all about—but I am really hoping—will feel comfortable enough to submit their talents. 

If this is something you think you may like to do, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

I am adding a new feature this year, and I think you are really going to dig it.  There will be inspirational messages presented by a special Golden Retriever, named Trevor. 

Now for our first issue of the year; sit back and enjoy what we have in store for you.

CJ Poetry Editor

In this Issue: 

Woodpecker (Photography by Stephanie Wood)
Math redux- gnarled digits (Poem with photograph submitted by Jonathan Hunter)
Pain (Artwork by Jan Cantle aka Grannyjan)
Trevor’s Barks of Gold (Message and photograph by Brenda Kleinsasser)

Editor’s Note:  Stephanie Wood

Stephanie Wood is an amateur photographer who tries not to let her poor health get in the way of her creativity.  She recently purchased a new camera and wanted to share with us, an image that she captured so beautifully. 

If you would like to check out Stephanie’s  photography, go to:  www.flickr.com/photos/stevid/

Hairy Woodpecker by Stephanie Wood

Editor’s Note:  Jonathan Hunter

Jonathan’s bio in his own words:  The path to finding the gift within my RA has taken me 15 years and many interesting turns. I see now that the wounded carry a special magic, a soft healing smuggled through the Portals of Trauma. I make things and get into nature when my body allows, and flog my mind mercilessly when it doesn’t.


Fancy Pain Faces Chart

Fancy Faces Pain Chart

Math redux – gnarled digits

I have joined the club
the circle of those
circumscribed by numbers

lives defined by decimal charts
simplified for the non-numeric
into a smiley faces’ descent into misery

days labelled
“4” or (god forbid) “9”
life’s possibility narrowed down
to a single digit

somewhere in the infinite thickets of pi
my life of numbers is laid out
the wedding attended; a convivial and lucky 2
the canoe trip at a constant gnarled 8
winters; a practice of scales at  6, 7, 8, 9, 8, 7, 6..
that would form a noticeable pattern
to a puzzling scholar
but for the static of summer
and its disappearance

with a single zer0


Jonathan Hunter


Editor’s Note: Jan Cantle aka GrannyJan

Jan shares this special note with us:  Many years ago I was a member of CreakyJoints, and found the support amazing—even though I was no longer young.  I came across your Poet’s Corner the other day, and thought you might be interested in my submission.

Since I left I have had serious health problems, not all linked to arthritis, including losing an eye to cancer. The CreakyJoints message of doing what you can and what is important to you led me to my current career plan—at 59, I started to learn art and will finish my first course next year.

“Pain” Artwork by Jan Cantle aka Grannyjan

Editor’s Note: Brenda on Brenda

As mentioned in my Editor’s Note, we are going to have a new feature.  I have a helper named Trevor, a golden retriever who is not real, but has become a great inspiration to me for my blog and also in composing messages. If you would like to check out my blog, where Trevor, The Tell Tale Dog, shares stories of my life of living with Rheumatoid Arthritis and also being a five-year brain tumor survivor—that’s where the name ‘Brenda’s Brainstorm’ came in—here is the link: www.brendasbrainstorm.blogspot.com/

Here is a doggy bio of Trevor in his own words:  Hi, I am Trevor, a golden retriever who has a big heart, when it comes to spreading awareness and hope for Brenda.  I share stories of her life and also am so doggone proud to be sharing with you on CreakyJoints.  I hope you will enjoy my Barks of Gold, as I will try my best to inspire and show you, that you can be creative, even when facing a chronic illness. 

I am also a Mascot over at “Christine’s Kids” where I encourage the “The Mighty Little Heroes” who fight so hard every day with JA or RA. 

So I hope you will enjoy, what I have in store for you.  I really look forward to sharing these special messages with you. They will just be really simple and I hope, they give you something to chew on.  I like bones myself.  BOL


Trevor, my helper and inspiration


PHOTO CREDIT:  Brenda Kleinsasser


Trevor’s Barks of Gold: 

“Don’t be afraid to let your creativity, paint a masterpiece for your life.”