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Submitted Poetry: I Have Learned to Fly

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 Ozioma C. Nwosu, California

Since I was ten or thirteen
The pounding in my head has thrived and grown
And become so bad and almost made me mad.

A little Spark, a little fire
A little wind to help, and then a forest
Becomes enflamed and everything is lost.

A little seed, a little soil
A little nurturing to help and then a tree blossoms
And blooms and then overcomes the forest.

So my headache, with time, has grown
And taken over my life; It has made me sad,
It has made me cry and it has almost made me mad.

But I have learned to cope
I have learned to hope
And most importantly, I have learned to fly.

I have learned to live around my circumstances
I have really learned to fly.

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