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Headache Poetry: A Fearful Pain

In the fall of 2006 the NHF’s Headache Education and Support Group facilitators invited their attendees to submit headache-related poetry. Because interest in this project grew, it was opened up to all who visit the NHF’s web site, as well as those who read NHF HeadLines.

The NHF received a variety of headache-related submissions. We have selected poems, limericks and verse that are relatable to those who suffer with this disease.

We extend our sincere thanks to all who submitted their work.

By Debra Lemoine, Louisiana

I live in fear of the pain. My head wants revenge against me.

What have I done to my brain?

My morning starts out sane. The sky is clear; my eyes can see.

Still, I live with fear of pain. A sudden searing fire
Claims my skull consumed; the path complete.

What have I done to my brain?

Light, darkness hurts and drains.
Nausea pushes bile to my teeth. I fear my life is pain.
Aspirin, Tylenol, I take with disdain.
Codeine is useless; something stronger for me.

What have I done to my brain?

No one understands the migraine.
A more visible ailment for me, please!
I live in fear of the pain.

What have I done to my brain?

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