Enter our 2010 Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest!

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • It's that time of year again, time for our 2010 Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest.



    Whether you're an experienced poet or have never written a poem before, you're invited to submit up to three poems for our contest. One year, the person who write the poem that won first place had never written a poem before! All entries must be about Migraines or headaches and must be poetry, not prose.


    The contest will be judged by the National Headache Foundation, and winners announced in April in observance of National Poetry Month.


    I can't enter the contest, but I'll share a poem I wrote here, one of my favorites...

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    phantom tango

    the beat is faint, the dance slow

         so slow I’m not sure we’re dancing

    my partner is but a shadow

         waiting to become more than a phantom


    the disco ball that so blithely

         cast shards of light upon my eyes

    forecast my partner’s arrival

         yet I had dared hope he would not follow


    but the beat strengthens

         and the dance intensifies

    the steps we’ve danced before

         are too familiar and unmitigatedly unwelcome 


    we turn and dip, this direction then that

         an intimate tango

    with each dip, my stomach rebels

         the dips so deep my head ricochets off the floor


    he shows no pity

         but dances the dance his sadistic way

    and when I am beyond spent, he departs

         without so much as a bow at the end


    Migraine is a merciless partner

         a relentless partner

    a murderess I would gladly become

         if only I could slay him
     


    If you'd like to read poetry from previous contests, you can find all the entries HERE.


    For the rules and entry form for this year's contest, please CLICK HERE.


    Good luck,



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    Last updated February 17, 2010

Published On: February 18, 2010