Each year, the Putting Our Heads Together Migraine Poetry Contest is held to give people with Migraines and other headache disorders an opportunity to creatively express themselves about Migraines and headaches. In addition to being an outlet for creative expression, the poetry helps show others what it's like to live with these disorders.
As in other years, there were lots of great entries this year, including several from young poets. They were quite inspiring. Some moved me to tears; others made me laugh; all made me think.
All of the poems entered in the contest are permanently showcased on my personal site, HelpForHeadaches.com. Here's a list of the top placing poems:
A Parent's Lament by Sandra Jaspen Hughes
Fire and Ice by Laura Merleau
Wednesday by Juliette Guarino
Volcanic Collapse by Patricia Frolander
Someday by Dave W.
Forced Entry by Laura K. Patterson
Alice by Kala Guidry
The Battle by Diana Van de Kamp
A Billion Particles of Light in the Migraine Brain by Laurel Marie Sobol
Brain Freeze by Zaina Sukkarieh
Careful by Darlene Blair
Crippling by Navarro
The Dance and Cry by Christopher Aaron Chapman
Headache by Kathryn Burkett
Headache by Jacob Oet
How a Snake Made My Headache by Stella Lalicata
How Nice to Have a Friend by Carol H. Jewell
I am pain by by Zev J. Meyers
Invisible by Cindy Smalletz
kNōw by Kimberley Formosa
Migraine by Jackie Feffer
My Headache by Joy Lalicata
My Last Migraine by Cindy Smalletz
The Obligation by Kathy B. Swann
The People Who Don't Care by Brenna Gray
A So-Called Life by Janice
There Is Nothing I Can Do by Brenna Gray
Thief in the Night by Darlene Blair
Uninvited Guest by Joanna Barker
Untitled by Janice
You can check out all of the poems that were entered and met the rules of the contest on HelpforHeadaches.com from the links on our Winners Page.
My sincere thanks go to all who entered, and congratulations to all of the contest winners!
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