The highs and lows

WRITTEN BY: Wanda Morrow Clevenger

when the sugars

go high I know

because my head

starts to ache,

and not in a take two

aspirin and four fingers

of Rosé way

the irritant is

just enough

so I know

the innards

are failing

just enough

to cause blank

stares of knowing

stone statues

of knowing the

innards won’t


with any practical


even the cure

has deathly side effects,

I know this from

the fine-print


the innards

are flailing


and it’s the

flailing sputter

gives me the


I read how

human trials

are showing promise

but only for

the long suffering

—step to the back

of the line, ma’am

but the highs

are better than

lows, except

they aren’t

in the long run,

the lows are

more dire

in the moment

the highs

a slower slide


my endo gives me

a gold star for keeping

my A1C below target

he doesn’t know how

I’m doing it

I don’t know either

Read “We all fall down” poem by Wanda Morrow Clevenger and her harrowing story After They Took My Pancreas.

Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Wanda Morrow Clevenger is a Carlinville, IL native. Over 386 pieces of her work appear in 137 print and electronic publications. She has spent the past three years writing about becoming a Type 1 diabetic and its impact on her daily life.