Creating Art through Pain: A Migraine Word Cloud
In honor of Migraine Awareness Month we want to pay a small tribute to the deeply moving Putting Our Heads Together Migraine Poetry Contest co-hosted by HealthCentral and our expert Teri Robert’s (@trobert).
Consisting of over 80 migraine themed poems, the 2011 contest contained prose filled with pain, anger, sadness, and even humor. Migraine expert Teri Robert says the annual 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.”
With the help of Worlde, we have created a word cloud (above), which consists of all the poems of the 2011 contest and displays the 75+ most common words throughout the entries.
Seeing as I am not one of the 36 million Americans who experience painful migraines, but I do get the occasional sinus sniffles, I will draw upon that seasonal suffering for inspiration in order to create art. I greatly advise using creative outlets to relieve both physical and emotional pain, so, for the sake of my allergies and well being, I will put my money where my mouth is and give this poetry thing a shot (my apologies to Shakespeare and all actual artists out there).
First a Haiku: “Sneeze”
It starts in my nose
The noise I make scares children
I need a tissue
… Not bad; vivid but elegant.
Now a Cinquain Poem: “Feline Double Standard”
Annoying, Sneezing, Never-Ending
Only cute for Kittens
… I feel better already.
For more “art as an outlet” articles, HealthCentral recently attended the Regina Holliday Walking Gallery in DC where artists from the DC area used art as a way to advocate for patient empowerment within the health world. That post can be seen here.
Think you can you separate migraine myth from fact? Take our Dispelling Migraine Myth quiz and find out!
Otherwise leave some of your poems, ballads, epics etc in the comments below and let’s get those creative juices flowing!
A special shout out goes to Teri Robert for all her hard work putting the contest together and, furthermore, her ongoing migraine advocacy. Along with her HealthCentral account, she has a personal site, Help for Headaches, devoted to helping people who suffer from migraines and headaches achieve physical and emotional wellness.