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LJI9 Week 19 - Migraine

This is my entry for this week of LJ Idol, Season 9. Please check out the entries of my fellow competitors and consider joining the therealljidol community. This week's topic was "Kindling." I wrote a prose poem, unfortunately based on my experiences from yesterday.


To build a migraine, you need at least three bodily deficiencies, like sleep deprivation, dehydration and stress. Or loud noises, criminally dry air and hunger. First sparked, the migraine seems a little thing. A micro-problem.

But as it feeds, it grows. The migraine scurries on tripod gait into your throbbing, knotted forehead. A nest of fire ants, the migraine seizes your veins, invades your eye sockets, fills your throat with swirling nausea.

Lest it consume your very sanity, you must exterminate it. Through cold packs and Excedrin, you attempt to smother it. You put out lights and dim sounds. Forced into yourself, you can hear only your own pulsing blood. You pray like a breath for the pain to crawl away.

Your son, a sage at four, plays quietly by your fainting couch. He builds a DUPLO zoo. A sympathetic menagerie of animal faces turned towards you, for the moment you at last open lucid eyes.

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Aug. 26th, 2014 07:30 pm (UTC)
I hardly ever get migraines, but I feel for you!

*quiet hugs*
Aug. 26th, 2014 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's definitely no fun. Feeling better today, though!
Aug. 26th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
I've only had a couple of migraines, but my mom used to get them all the time. I learned very quickly that when Mommy is lying on her bed with her arm over her eyes it's time to take all noise to the front of the house and don't bother her. *hugs*
Aug. 27th, 2014 02:03 am (UTC)
That sounds VERY familiar. Truth be known, your presence was sometimes probably the thing that helped to keep her anchored. There is nothing like knowing my child is around to make me start to feel a little better.
Aug. 27th, 2014 05:14 am (UTC)
*hugs* I'm glad you're feeling better today.
Sep. 1st, 2014 02:24 pm (UTC)
You never quite appreciate just normality until you have a day where you're not feeling right!
Sep. 2nd, 2014 07:11 am (UTC)
Yes, definitely.
Aug. 27th, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
i sometimes get really bad headaches, and my mom used to get migraines because they run in her family, but it's never been that bad for me. your description is very vivid and i hope you're in less pain now!
Sep. 1st, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
I am. It seems strange to say, but once you get accustomed to it, you actually don't get so upset. It's just irritating, honestly, because it disrupts my day.
Aug. 27th, 2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
I've only had this happen once...not DXed officially, but I had to wear sunglasses inside and not watch TV. My kids were little too. It's an awful feeling. AW
Sep. 1st, 2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
Fortunately, I don't have a terribly light sensitivity, although I have on occasion gotten the visual disturbances.
Aug. 27th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
Ugh. I wish I couldn't relate to this. Perfect portrayal.
Aug. 27th, 2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
What an awful thing to experience! Fortunately, I don't have migraines - you do a great job describing the pain.
Aug. 28th, 2014 08:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, ouch. I've had one migraine, and I so feel for people who experience them at all regulary. :(

A sympathetic menagerie of animal faces turned towards you, for the moment you at last open lucid eyes.
This, though, was so very sweet. You and KFP are so lucky to have each other. :)
Aug. 28th, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
I like how you've approached this almost as a prose poem. You're a terrific journalist but I'm glad to read some of your more literary work, too!
Aug. 29th, 2014 10:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I thought of breaking it into lines, but that felt too organized to me for this topic.
Aug. 30th, 2014 01:23 am (UTC)
Ugh... I know these well! My poor daughter seems to have inherited them from me also. Thanks for sharing the pain...I think? LOL. :) Stay as Stress free as possible!
Aug. 30th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
Ugh, I feel for ya. Those are NOT fun. And this is an adequate description, as well as a unique and wholly appropriate take on the prompt.
Aug. 30th, 2014 03:24 pm (UTC)

Eep, very vivid imagery.
Aug. 31st, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
Not often I read poetry about a headache!
Sep. 1st, 2014 03:08 am (UTC)
I consider myself majorly lucky that I don't get them ...I know a lot of people who do. It's a mistake to think it's "just a bad headache"!
Sep. 1st, 2014 06:51 am (UTC)
I havent got a migraine attack ye but know lots of people who have been its victims. Hope you are feeling better ... and you have done a good job with capturing your pain inspite of the pain :)
Sep. 1st, 2014 08:09 am (UTC)
Ugh. I'm relieved that KFP is able to play quietly. My daughter is not a quiet one, and it's extra painful on these bad headache days.
Sep. 1st, 2014 12:48 pm (UTC)
*Hugs* Hope you are better now..<3..btw..good description and wonderful writing.
Sep. 2nd, 2014 01:27 pm (UTC)
Although a fresh look at exactly how a migraine looks and feels is not comfortable, this is remarkably good writing. I especially liked the "sympathetic menagerie of animal faces," as I'm certain it was also like that for the recent ebola victims who were transported to the states. Once they got them into their hospital rooms, it was all stuffed giraffes and lions doing the healing from there.
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