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Submit Your Migraine Poetry Now! Deadline Extended.

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about the Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest. This contest is held once a year because…

  • Writing can be a great outlet for us. It can be very cathartic.
  • It’s a great way to share how we feel in a creative way.
  • It’s a way of sharing with others in the online Migraine and headache community.
  • The poetry can help raise awareness by expressing Migraine and headache in a different way.
  • Raising awareness can help reduce the stigma of Migraine and other headache disorders.
  • It’s fun!

Migraine Poetry ContestA bit about the contest:

  • All poems must be about Migraines or headaches.
  • Poems must be no more than 60 lines, and each line can be no more than 80 characters, including punctuation and spaces.
  • All poems entered that meet the rules will be published on
  • Some of thee top ranked poems will be published in the National Headache Foundation’s magazine, HeadWise.
  • The winning poem will be published in Pain Medicine News.
  • The National Headache Foundation will give the winning poet a gift of $250 U.S.

The deadline for entering the contest has been extended to midnight, Sunday, May 13, 2012. So, you have just over a week left to submit your poem. I hope you’ll give it a try. You don’t have to be an experienced poet.

I can’t enter the contest, but thought I’d share one of my poems with you here:

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

Ready to enter? Want more information?

Go to the complete contest rules.
There’s a link to the entry form there.

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  • laurelsobol
    7 years ago

    I find that through the years as migraines pound away at people, the idea of complete conquering of chronic migraine becomes ever more intense, until there is no room for them at all…yet the migraines still appear unwanted guests at any hour. There is a sense that hope must remain intense to survive and thrive no matter what!

  • Suzanne Johnson
    7 years ago

    I’m with Ellen, Great job Teri! I also enjoy reading the entries and finding that connection.

  • Teri Robert
    7 years ago

    Thanks, Suzanne! Going to give it a try this year?

  • Ellen Schnakenberg
    7 years ago

    AWESOME! I can’t wait to see what people have entered! Am definitely sharing so others won’t miss this chance <3.

  • Teri Robert
    7 years ago

    Thanks, Ellen Schnakenberg!

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