Sharing a Migraine Poem

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • Since I can't enter our Putting our Heads Together poetry contest, I thought I'd share a poem with you here. This is my most recent poem about living with Migraine disease...

    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

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         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

    © Teri Robert, 2007

    There's still time to enter our contest! The deadline is Friday April 13.

Published On: April 08, 2007