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And the winners are...

Putting Our Heads Together

Poetry Contest 2007

Contest Winners


Congratulations to all of our 2007 poets!

The entries were exquisite, making the judges' decisions quite difficult. In addition to the winning entries, all of the poems entered will be published on our site. You'll find a listing of the poems with links to each of them below.       




Honorable Mention (in alphabetical order, by title)

  • Delicate Petals by Daisy French

  • Helicopter Head by Sarah S. Shay

  • Mr. Migraine by Monique Cayer

  • Nothing Will Ruin This Day by Jori

  • remember that day by SJS

  • Soaring by Lynne

  • Whip of Color by Abbie Groves

You can read the Honorable Mention entries HERE.




More Entries... (in alphabetical order, by title)


  • Again by Jim Pasquarello
  • Amusement by R. Blue
  • Another Day by M. Rene Riel
  • The Beast by Marylin Forren
  • Blinding Thunder by Angela Fristoe
  • A Day in the Life of a Headache by Sabrina Wirey
  • A day in the life of a migraineur by Bimini
  • Day to Night by Kendra Nafziger
  • God Complex by Christopher M. Dempsey
  • Enough! by Mike Day
  • Happy Birthday by Sherry Ledford
  • I Wish by Marylin Forren
  • Just Wait by Jennifer Erwin
  • Migraine and life by Teresa Ramos
  • Migraine Haiku by Jerry O'Brien
  • Migraine Monster by Catherine Webb
  • Migraine Panoum
  • Migraine Woman by Teresa Ramos
  • The Monster Within by Kennedy Brazier
  • Mr. Cluster's Movin' In! by Nickey Woods
  • My Head My Ache by Katherine Tincher
  • My Lone Prison Cell by Sheenamai Leano
  • The Migraine by Bill Kuntzman
  • My Migraine Dance Partner by Teresa Ramos
  • My Pain by Francesca Lynn Raynor
  • My Pain by Katherine Tincher
  • My Pain by Rachel Kingsland
  • Sea of Pain by Robin Hudspeth
  • Stay Away Cloudy Day! by Karen Mierta
  • Storm by Vaedra Jones
  • Today by Sally Aspden
  • Unbelievable by Jennifer
  • Uninvited Guest by Kendra Nafziger
  • Untitled by Jennifer Pauksta
  • A Waltz for Head and Nose by Jamie S.
  • The Week it all changed -- a Poem in two Emotions by Jamie Sohn
  • When the Ride Is over the Music Stops by Pat Frisella
  • ...and yet, I go on... by Casey Jagiello

You can read these entries HERE.




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I love to write poetry, but of course, it would be inappropriate for me to enter this contest. Still, I wrote a new poem to share with you...

phantom tango
by Teri Robert

the beat is faint, the dance slow
     so slow I’m not sure we’re dancing
my partner is but a shadow
     waiting to become more than a phantom

the disco ball that so blithely
     cast shards of light upon my eyes
forecast my partner’s arrival
     yet I had dared hope he would not follow

but the beat strengthens
     and the dance intensifies
the steps we’ve danced before
     are too familiar and unmitigatedly unwelcome

we turn and dip, this direction then that
     an intimate tango
with each dip, my stomach rebels
     the dips so deep my head ricochets off the floor

he shows no pity
     but dances the dance his sadistic way
and when I am beyond spent, he departs
     without so much as a bow at the end

Migraine is a merciless partner
     a relentless partner
a murderess I would gladly become
     if only I could slay him

© 2007, Teri Robert


Published April 30, 2007

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