Story Challenge Day 8: Broken Brain Blues

My thoughts are jumbly,
Tumbled around. I can’t
Pin them down, and
My brain hurts…

My hair is pulled back,
To help me think better,
And it usually works, but
My brain hurts.

I’ve scheduled and rescheduled,
Checked and re-checked,
Emailed and emailed, and
My brain HURTS.

I’ve played whack-a-mole
With all my to-do lists,
Trying to get through but
My brain HURTS!

Published by Lainie Levin

Mom of two, full-time teacher, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and holder of a very full plate

32 thoughts on “Story Challenge Day 8: Broken Brain Blues

    1. Thank you! This post turned out to be more than I thought I had in me, so that was a happy surprise!

  1. I complete understand! Sometimes, I just have to stop and think. My biggest give away when my brain hurts/overwhelmed is my hair is up.

    1. Exactly! I’m not sure why I think better with hair up. It reminds me of Violet from A Series of Unfortunate Events. She always tied her hair back when she needed to think.

  2. I feel this. “Playing whack-a-mole with my todo list” perfectly describes how my day was as well. I hope things get better soon!

  3. “My hair is pulled back,
    To help me think better,
    And it usually works”

    Hahaha!! I have had this same thought. You need a break. I give you permission. Walk away from the list.

    1. YES! I *mostly* walked away from the list, but I will admit I made myself power through quite a bit of it…

  4. I am often not running on all cylinders so I now exactly what you mean. Sometimes we just need to stop, turn our brains off (if possible), abandon all to-do lists, and take care of ourselves.

    1. I tried to! I was surprisingly more “onnit” than I thought I could be today – but that’s also why I was running on fumes by the time I got to slice-writing…

  5. Lainie I like the repetition of the last line in each verse. I also found it effective when you capitalized HURTS. Hope you feel on the upswing soon.

    1. Thanks! I’m sure my energy will rebound at some point soon. It’s all part of the cycle, I think…

  6. It’s amazing how much effort life requires at times. What is your vitamin? Mine is having a dance party from a YouTube playlist. Get lost in the beats. 🙂

  7. Sometimes when you cant write but you do, something good comes of it! I enjoyed the simple language and repetition of your poem. I think it would be a great mentor text for kids, too!

    1. Right? It always amazes me that even when I think I don’t have anything, I always have *something.* It’s validating, for sure.

  8. Great poem! I love the repeating line. My son had a t-shirt when he was in elementary school that said, “my brain is full.” It was so appropriate. I hope all cylinders start firing soon!

    1. I love that! I could probably use a similar t-shirt myself. I think part of why my brain was so empty was because i had forced myself to power through a LOT of tasks before I moved to write today. NOT recommended !

  9. “My hair is pulled back,
    To help me think better”

    Haha! Why why why do I feel as though hair out of my face will help me focus? Kinda like turning the radio off when I’m lost perhaps?

    Anyway, love this slice. I’m counting down to spring break next week 🙂

    1. Exactly! Somehow it limits the distraction. I often tell my colleagues they can tell what kind of day I’m having by how long it takes for me to put my hair up…

  10. Whack-a-mole is the PERFECT analogy for the to-do lists – and oh, I am so tired of late. My brain is feeling your brain’s pain here, Lainie. #TimeForSpringBreak

  11. Ah the end line repetition and change of punctuation showing the increased emotion in each iteration was well used here. I felt the increased anxiety.

    I hope a restful sleep has restored the charge and you’re firing on all cranial cylinders again this morning.

    1. Thank you! I think part of my problem was that I fired on all cylinders yesterday until I wasn’t, but I just..kept…on…going. I’ll try to pace myself today!

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