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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Pain in the Neck

Poetic Asides – Poem-A-Day Challenge – Day 14 Prompt:


So, today's prompt is actually inspired by a song I love by Feist. The song is called "How My Heart Behaves," and the prompt for today is to write a poem with the title "How (fill in the blank) behaves"--with the poem inspired by whatever you put in that blank. For instance, you could have a poem titled "How Mr. T's mohawk behaves" or "How the homeless man on 9th Street behaves." Have fun with this one (I know you will).
How a Migraine Behaves

he sneaks up on me
while I sleep
clamps his vice
down on my brain

he steals my rest
with pulsing pain
and wakes me
to pure agony

he laughs aloud at
pills and compresses
any attempt at remedy
ignores my cries for silence

but as time passes
medication filters into
my blood stream
he has to loosen his grip

he hates to be weakened
so he complains
moments of relief
punctuated with stabs of pain

he attacks behind my eyes
interferes with my ability
to form complete thoughts
to speak with clarity

so I must wait
sit patiently
sip my hot tea
until he lets go

but as he slips away
he leaves behind a fog
my tongue still tied
and my brain still slow

his fingerprint remains
on my tortured brow
and only sleep will erase
the marks he leaves behind

TLS, April 2008

1 comment:

Childlife said...

Boy, you cleverly nailed this one... migraines are just horrid.

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