11 Haikus to Help You Laugh About CF

I always say that when life gives you lemons … turn around and write some Japanese-style poetry. I hope you enjoy these haikus I have written about life with cystic fibrosis.

July 26, 2021 | 2 min read
Tara Goodwin

Cough, hack, choke. Cough, choke.
“Have you seen a doctor yet?”
What a new idea! 


New doctor: “Issues?”
“Open your old med school text,
Highlight all the things.”


Mount Etna-level
Explosion ensuing. Oops
Forgot my enzymes.


For breakfast I'd like
One bucket, filled to the brim
With various pills. 


No matter the weight
I just can't seem to get rid of
Scrawny chicken legs.


CF you're so sweet -
Too sweet for my pancreas.
Thanks for the 'beetus.


My genes are too tight.
Don't fit like they're supposed to.
Exchange policy?


I love my body.
Except my genes, my thighs and
All the rest of it.


A partner wanted:
Must love fridge box-shaped bodies
And appointments.


“What is it you have?”
“It's called CF. It's when there's”
“Yeah, watery brain.”


An ocean has dried
Upon my skin. I am a
Free-range saltshaker.


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Tara was raised in Austin, Texas, but has lived in Houston since her double-lung and liver transplants on Thanksgiving Day 2017. Her life has changed drastically since she got bangs early last year. She is dedicated to helping the CF community, is on several committees for the Foundation, and does whatever she can for her local chapter. She lives with her giant-sized dog, Heidi, and her normal-sized partner, Michael. You can follow her antics on Instagram.

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