The phrase “pushing the envelope” is an idiom that can be explained as “to approach or extend the limits of what is possible”. May turned out to be all about that, quite unintentionally.

I was pushed out of my comfort zone in many different ways.  I wrote very few haiku in May. I guess this is what happens when your physical body needs extra energy to cope with allergens, irritants, and chronic illnesses. Something had to give, and it turned out to be the poetry.

Didn’t use sunscreen
Was outside such a short time
Exposed skin – sunburned
May 7, 2016

Acupuncture day!
May it stop irritation
Of body and soul
May 10, 2016

Horrible muzak
Plays through my phone as I wait
It’s a deterrent
May 12, 2016

The haiku above, and the one below, were about my attempt to get a hold of someone at Disability. I wanted to know the status of my claim. Apparently, that was too much to ask for.

I had to hang up
Twenty-seven minutes wait
I made it through ten
May 12, 2016

New allergy meds
Made me want to go outside
Was unexpected
May 12, 2016

In a lot of pain
Sleeping in did not help much
Drugs are the next step
May 26, 2016

All my illnesses
Are attempting to kill me
All at the same time
May 28, 2016

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