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J R Soc Med. 2002 October; 95(10): 526.
PMCID: PMC1279195

Inspired by migraine

I enjoyed the article on the influence of migraine upon art (August 2002 JRSM1). Some years ago I wrote some poems while in the grip of recurrent severe migraine—fortunately now much improved. Here is one of them, which I called Pain Pie:

Boil the pain. Bake it. Make it into bread.

Pain d'épice, spice of life, why am I dead?

Draw the pain. Paint it. Pull it from my head.

Art is life. Life is art. Live it, she said.


1. Podoll K, Ayles D. Inspired by migraine: Sarah Raphael's ‘Strip!’ paintings. J R Soc Med 2002;95: 417-19 [PMC free article] [PubMed]

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