i have a headache.

I have a headache.

I whisper to a child who has just jumped

On my legs,

Flailing near the sleeping baby at my side.

Watch this,

Feet kick

Landing next to my head.

Please do not wake up the baby,

We were up most of the night.

I have a headache.

 

My hands cover my eyes,

I have a headache.

Please stop playing

Jump

At full volume on your keyboard

In the basement.

Yes, I know that song.

I have a headache.

 

I have a headache.

There is food in the kitchen.

Edible food.

It is no necessary for me to touch it

Before you eat it.

I have a headache.

 

I have a headache.

No, I cannot move

So your fort can be bigger.

Please leave this room.

I have a headache.

 

I still have a headache.

 

I lift out of my stupor,

Giving up on the idea of rest

Of nursing this headache

To a thundering crescendo.

I walk outside,

I have a headache.

 

I swear at the sky,

Bemoan the tomatoes

And

Shout at a chicken

Eating her own egg.

 

I no longer have a headache.

 

 

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