The kidney is very humble
It does its work quietly and efficiently
Day in and day out, tirelessly
For the welfare of the human being.
It asks nothing in return
Except to sleep peacefully in the retroperitoneal cavity
To contemplate in the dark cave
On the impurities of the human soul
One day the brain, the king of all that he surveys
Came flashing around, in his Mercedes Benz
I am the greatest, he said, with an air of Pomposity
Get out of my way, you little creature, he said to the kidney.
The kidney was hurt, his feeling shattered
All he wanted was the great brain to recognize him
All he wants was a little respect in an unkindly world
Just then the Heart was seen on the red carpet
A roar of applause could be heard, as the heart recited its poetry
I am the most famous, said Heart with an air of pomposity
Get out of my way, you dirty creature, he said to the kidney.
The kidney was hurt, his feelings shattered
All he wanted was to hear Heart’s poetry
He wanted to shake hands and be acknowledged
But Alas, both the Brain and the Heart had shown him bones.
The kidney was disheartened,
Took refuge in the dark caves of the retroperitoneal cavity,
Tears rolled down from the Bowman’s capsule to the proximal tubule to the loop of Henle to the distal tubule to the collecting tubule
Everything came to a standstill, the kidney had stopped working .
Toxins had started building up
Emotions were running high
The human body was on fire
The human soul in agonizing pain
The mighty brain was losing itself
Became lethargic and somnolent
Not able to answer a few basic questions, it’s memory fading
It was on its deathbed
The Heart had lost its aristocratic looks, no more poetry
It was jumping with abnormal irregular rhythm
Had a heart failure, went into cardiac arrest
The stomach was vomiting
The Lungs throwing up blood
The blood pressure skyrocketed
The red cells refusing to carry oxygen.
God himself came down from heavens, and said to the Kidney
Oh kidney, please forgive them
In their futile arrogance, they have hurt you,
Please forgive them,
Without you, the brain will be buried in the skull
The Heart will die of cardiac arrest
The lungs will be drowned in their own blood
The human body will become a ghost.
Please forgive them, they know not your inner strength, your soul reaches out to the heavens
– ANONYMOUS NEPHROLOGIST