Migraine – A Pantoum


Pain searing like the burning sun

Every sound a banshee scream

Like Hell’s pandemonium has begun

Torture ascending with every sunbeam

Every sound a banshee scream

Every colour a sharp cutting blazon

Torture ascending with every sunbeam

Every movement like being bludgeoned

Every colour a sharp cutting blazon

Every whisper a klaxon scream

Every movement like being bludgeoned

Every breath makes cold sweat stream

Every whisper a klaxon scream

Like Hell’s pandemonium has begun

Every breath makes cold sweat stream

Pain searing like the burning sun

© RedCat

Written for tonight’s MTB: Coming full circle prompt at dVerse.

I love writing Pantoums. I hate having migraines.


20 thoughts on “Migraine – A Pantoum

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  1. This is incredibly potent. You describe the effects of the migraine so aptly! I don’t get them very often but oh… when I do… they are nasty!

  2. Such a painful (though brilliant) write – the pantoum works so well here – conveying in its echoing how pain changes colour or sound but doesn’t diminish. Took me there. (Hope you’re feeling better real soon).

    1. Thank you! I find the Pantoum really good at conveying some things. Maybe it’s because I tend to see patterns and repetition in much of life.
      This one was really bad, went on for most of the weekend. Still feeling the aftereffects.

  3. A great form to describe the pain of migraine. I get these occasionally with PMDD so the best thing is sometimes to lie in a darkened room and stave them off. I hope you get some relief from your migraines soon.

  4. This was painful to read as I woke up with the one from last night – and it’s too real for comfort, Helene. Hell’s pandemonium is an accurate description. The repetition like the persistent pounding in my head!

    1. Ouch! I’m sorry to hear so many of us know what it feels like. Wonder if together we could come up with a piece that soothes it instead of remind us…?

    1. I’m sorry for everyone who knows what I’m talking about. They have as yet not found any medication that works for me. But maybe one day… Yeah the klaxon is horrible.

  5. lots for me to take in here. i have never experenced a migraine but you have put accros the pain elegently. hope yo don’t have to many. and you have shown the pantuom form and i beleive i noe get it. thank you

  6. When a migraine arrives there is nothing to do but focus on soothing it. I’m sorry you suffer from one recently, Helene. I’m guessing recently as the pain in the poem feels fresh.

    1. Soothing them when you’ve pushed and stressed yourself to far, there by inducing it, is like a marathon.
      Actually I was a few hours in, thinking I’ve gotten a light one. When I wrote it. Then it hit full force, lasting most of the weekend.
      I’m quite surprised I managed to write at all.

    1. I’m unsure whether to be pleased I managed to describe it so well or feel guilty for making others feel or remember it so vividly. 🤗
      I’m glad to hear it’s possible for it to be years ago however.

      1. Yes, I have had the ghost of one not so long ago, but thankfully none like before, so many I know who are just crushed by them. A colleague has had extended treatment – 15 severe migraines a month, not sure how that is even possible to survive. Thank you for the connect though, poetry goes deep.

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