Migraine sequence (seven lines)


though it throbs
stabs behind the eyes
is still a release from the dark
and the twittering
flickering dreams
of horror and pain.


Rain falls in gentle showers
from blue and white skies
barely tarnishing the gold of dandelions
the sheen of green shoots

and the indigo spears
of midnight muscari
stand unchanged.


Deranged visions crash finally
into damp earth
drip from glossy leaves
and I can pick out the warblersโ€™ song

the woodpeckers stare quizzically
waiting for me to leave.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

33 thoughts on “Migraine sequence (seven lines)”

  1. I don’t know if he had migraines, but I pictured Van Gogh. Beautiful images.
    I hope you feel better.
    I don’t think I could write poems with a migraine. I used to get awful headaches that made me sick.

    1. If he didn’t have migraines he certainly had other problems!
      It’s easing off thanks. Been quite a day. It sounds as though you maybe had migraines, similar anyway.
      I like to write down how I feel because the migraine distorts things so much, but I can’t be on the screen for very long.

  2. I’ve only had one in my life and have great empathy for anyone who has had or continues to have them. I once saw an art exhibit of paintings done my migraine sufferers, trying to show what it felt like and they were stunning and powerful

    1. They’re no fun, but they induce weird visuals, especially in dreams and half-sleeping. Paintings of migraines I imagine would be like a light show, or bright photos in negative.

    1. Thanks Punam. I try to jot it down quickly as the sensation is often so strange, but can’t use the screen for more than a few minutes before the head starts screaming. It’s calmed down now, and I hope it doesn’t come back!

      1. It’s the concentration more than the light, for me. I have the screen very dim permanently because I don’t like bright light. But thought patterns are all over the place.

  3. Your imagery is always so vivid, I feel like I’m inside it too. My older daughter has migraines so I know how they can upend everything. Hopefully it’s gone by now. (K)

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