All Synapses Firing


the world is flat and old
and yet it reels
divides conceals

my brain throbs silver gold
just like dead air
it isn’t there

this heat grows ever cold
in pulsing swells
a taunting hell

an absence that won’t hold

Long ago and far away, Jane Dougherty posed her next-to-last poetry challenge, “Painful Silence”, with this evocative migrane-inspired image:


 The end of September was right when Nina and I began our break and it took me several weeks to complete the embroidered collage.  The repetition of stitching is very satisfying and a good antidote to agitation for me though.  So it worked on many levels.


I did Jane’s final poetry challenge too; to be posted at some future date.


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17 responses to “All Synapses Firing”

  1. Jane Dougherty says :

    You wrote a pretty fine minute poem there! It’s easy for that form to just sound sing-song with no content. This is full of agitation as you describe it, and the familiar migraine induced pain.

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  2. Jane Dougherty says :

    Reblogged this on Jane Dougherty Writes and commented:
    A late, but very welcome, entry to the Painful Silence poetry challenge.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jodi says :

    Wow. You are amazing in your creative expression. The words and art perfectly depict the agony of a migraine

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  4. rivrvlogr says :

    You’ve captured the essence, in both your words and your collage. You have a nice aura going on there.

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  5. memadtwo says :

    Really great, K. Is this done by hand or by machine?


  6. merrildsmith says :

    Brilliant, Kerfe–both poem and art. The rhythm is great, an echo of the migraine throbbing.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Snehal Kank says :

    Your words perfectly match with visual. Excellent poem and art 👍🏼

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