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Judith A. Brice: Migraine

When the nausea descends

I forget the sunset,

her light listing its way

west, the skeins of fuchsia

falling slowly to her knees—


And then, like a lightning bolt—

first out of fear and abrupt-fused with dread—

stabs of pain, pangs of panic, intrude,

even collude to knife my head.


Before I know, I’m trapped.


Heaving shadows blacken my mind,

mist all grass underfoot, and drench

me in fields with desolate dark—


though quickly a Towhee trill

might quaver me awake,

rustle my blighted brain,

even grab its bilious gaze


to catch silken embers of sun

as they topaz the sky.

Copyright 2018 Judith Brice.

Judith Brice is a retired Pittsburgh psychiatrist. She is the author of two collections of poems: Renditions in a Palette and Overhead from Longing.

One comment on “Judith A. Brice: Migraine

  1. glen brown
    April 27, 2019

    Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

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