2013 Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest Winners Announced

Poetry2013-250Following a great deal of deliberation (and some gnashing of teeth), our judges from the American Headache and Migraine Association have announced the placing poems in the 2013 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest.

I'll not make you wait by talking more about the contest. Here are this year's placing poems:

  • First Place: Dancing on the Dagger's Edge by Nikki Albert
  • Second Place: Acts of Love by Lisa Cox
  • Third Place: Another Night by Pam "Roni"
  • Fourth Place: Dancing with Demons by Tammy Rome
  • Fifth Place: Little Migraine Girl by Migraine Puppet

Receiving Honorable Mention:

  • The Beast by Michael Ambriz
  • Chronic by susan-jillian smith
  • Cluster-phobia by  David Nachenberg
  • Darkness by Fi Blackman
  • Horn of Pain by M. R. Street
  • Pain is Coming by Mark Windham
  • Suicide Headaches by Cindy Reynolds

You can find these poems on our  Placing Poems Page. The rest of the submitted poems that met the contest rules will be posted over the weekend.

Congratulations to all of our poets!

Live well,

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Migraine Poetry Contest Winners Announced

Poetry2012-300Just in time for National Migraine Awareness Month, I'm pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Putting Our Heads Together Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest.

This year Dr. Seymour Diamond and The Migraine Research Foundation joined me in judging the contest. Reading the entries was pure pleasure. Choosing winners from them was anything but pleasure because they were all so good and all were deserving of winning, making choosing winners excrutiatingly difficult.

Before I disclose the winners I'd like to extend our sincere thanks and congratulations to everyone who entered.

Now, without further ado...

First Place:
A Picture of Pain by Bear Peterson

I tried to paint a picture,
Of how I really feel.
But I could not find the colors,
To make it all seem real.
Not one color was hot enough,
To show the burning pain.
Not one color bright enough,
To make me wince again.
Not one was dark enough,
To show the isolation.
In the end saw one thin line,
Worn, frayed and almost broke,
To my mind that one thin line,
Is a single thread of hope.

 

Second Place:
Heading to Me - Ow by Jamie

If
this isn't an aura,
then
my cat
went on a diet.

'cause

I can only see
half
of him
and
he's thin.


Third Place:
Power Play by Laura K. Patterson

He's nine, brimming happiness
the afternoon is ours,
destination Power Play.
Through doors, darkness illuminates
attractions glowing, strobing invitation.

Weaving among shrieking children,
he practically runs, I follow
confusion taking over my senses,
flashing arcade games,
jarring bumper cars,
pulsating laser tag,
teetering rope walk.
Ceiling spins, carpet dances,
step becomes less sure.

You arrive, finally
ending tease to stay away,
not confiscate our afternoon,
char memories of a son's delight.
Your camera after-flashes
skip along edges of my vision,
soon consume without boundary,
bind a sickness to my throat,
begging urge to hollow my stomach,
protect my head from your entire grip.

I sort through the flutter of your torment,
find a bench, close my eyes,
press my face into cold hands,
powerless.

"Go on ahead," I say to him.
"Maybe later."


Fourth Place:
In All the Years by STM

Fifth Place:
Alice in Migraine Land by Sheri L. Tardio

 

Honorable Mention:

Dinner and a Movie by Eric Segaard

Headache Haiku by Janet Mills

Invisible Illness (My Wife) by David M. Chappell

Making Just Enough Room and No More by Pamela Hall

Migraine Life by Sara A. Borders

Migraine Trap by Tina J. Bembry

A Natural Progression by Paula J. Algers

On the Verge by Lisa Robin Bension

 and

ALL entries from the contest

I hope you'll take some time to read this year's poetry and share it with others. It's truly magnificent.

To Dr. Diamond at the National Headache Foundation and Cathy Glaser at the Migraine Research Foundation, thank you for helping with judging the poetry. It's greatly appreciated!

We'll start accepting entries for our 2013 contest in April, 2013, so we can announce next year's contest winners during National Migraine Awareness Month 2013.

Live well,

PurpleRibbonTiny
 

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Migraine and Headache Poetry Contest Opens

Poetry2012-250Here's a perfect opportunity for us to express what we think and feel about Migraines and headaches!

The 2012 Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest is now open and accepting entries through midnight, Friday, May 4, 2012.

Whether you're an experienced poet, or have never written a word of poetry before, you're invited to enter the contest. It might help you to know that one of our previous first place winners had never tried writing poetry before.

There are many reasons to participate:

  • Writing is a great creative outlet.
  • All entries will be published on www.HelpForHeadaches.com for the public to read, thus helping raise awareness, dispel myths and misconceptions, and reduce stigma.
  • It's an interesting way to participate in the online Migraine community and support each other.

Since 2001, people with Migraine and other headache disorders have been standing up to their Migraines and headaches and expressing themselves through poetry in this contest. They've been sharing their hopes, fears, frustrations, courage, anger, and determination. To see some of the wonderful works people have submitted, take a look at some of the poetry from our 2011 contest.

Because the laws governing international contests get quite complicated if there are prizes involved, we don't award prizes for this contest, but that doesn't mean there are no rewards. All poetry submitted that meets the entry rules will be published on www.HelpForHeadaches.com. Plus, you'll have the satisfaction of sharing your work, raising awareness, and helping get rid of myths and reduce the stigma associated with Migraine and other headache disorders.

The Migraine Research Foundation joins me this year in judging the contest. Winners will be announced June 1, 2012, in time for National Migraine Awareness Month.

Won't you join us? You can find more information on our rules and guidelines page, and there's a link to the entry form there.

Live well,


 

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