Day 16/31

Today’s post is inspired by the five day poetry writing challenge on ethicalela.com. It is based on the the poem, “A Palestine Might Say” by Naomi Shihab Nye. (If you haven’t read it, you should.)

A Headache Might Say

You know I like to arrive
just before a rainstorm,
so you know to bring
your umbrella.

I am the not so gentle reminder
that you really shouldn’t clench
your teeth so much.

You know if you just turn off
the continuous newscasts,
I may just go away for awhile.

Can’t you get the hint?
When you worry, you scrunch up
your forehead. That’s your fault,
Not mine!

You know what I like –
A cup of tea,
A warm compress,
A tip back in the recliner.

If you treat yourself right,
I may just disappear.

4 thoughts on “Headache

  1. I love this! 🙂 Great personification, and I love the word repetitions and format. (And the teeth-clenching really hits home with me!) ~JudyK

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  2. Naomi Shihab Nye is one of my favorite poets, but I don’t know this poem. I will have to look for it. Your take off is great! I hope you had some tea and time in the recliner and are feeling better now.

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