Migraine and other headache disorders can have devastating effects on our lives. They can leave us feeling isolated, frustrated, angry, and hopeless. Writing can be therapeutic, and it can be a great way to show others what these disorders can do to our lives; a great way to bust some of the myths associated with them.
For those reasons, the Putting Our Heads Together Poetry Contest is held each year. As always, we received many good entries this year. As always, it was very difficult to choose the "winners." The truth is that everyone who was strong and brave enough to submit a poem is a winner, but this is a contest, so our judges did their best to choose them.
So, without further ado, the winners are...
A Parent's Lament by Sandra Jaspen Hughes
Fire and Ice by Laura Merleau
Wednesday by Juliette Guarino
Volcanic Collapse by Patricia Frolander
Someday by Dave W.
Forced Entry by Laura K. Patterson
Alice by Kala Guidry
The Battle by Diana Van de Kamp
A Billion Particles of Light in the Migraine Brain by Laurel Marie Sobol
Brain Freeze by Zaina Sukkarieh
Careful by Darlene Blair
Crippling by Navarro
The Dance and Cry by Christopher Aaron Chapman
Headache by Kathryn Burkett
Headache by Jacob Oet
How a Snake Made My Headache by Stella Lalicata
How Nice to Have a Friend by Carol H. Jewell
I am pain by by Zev J. Meyers
Invisible by Cindy Smalletz
kNōw by Kimberley Formosa
Migraine by Jackie Feffer
My Headache by Joy Lalicata
My Last Migraine by Cindy Smalletz
The Obligation by Kathy B. Swann
The People Who Don't Care by Brenna Gray
A So-Called Life by Janice
There Is Nothing I Can Do by Brenna Gray
Thief in the Night by Darlene Blair
Uninvited Guest by Joanna Barker
Untitled by Janice
All of the poems that were entered and met the rules of the contest have been published on Help for Headaches and Migraine. For a listing of all of the poems and links to them, plese see our Winners Page.
Thank you to all who entered, and congratulations to all our contest winners! Our 2012 contest will open for entries in February of 2012.
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© Teri Robert, 2011
Last updated April 19, 2011