I sense it coming before the weather man even has to speak a word before I have to check before the first rumble before the pain fully takes hold. I can feel the storm before it announces itself winds blowing up above clouds where the sun still shines deceptively serene and shiny before the darkness comes inside and out. It will announce itself in the deep gray matter that rests between my ears and sits 3 feet above my posterior in the battleground of my brain the scene of many skirmishes. First comes the tank slowly travelling across any part of my cranium it can find exploring the territory before the enemy can invade. I bring out the arsenal starting with the smallest bullets in the dire hope that this will be enough before the pain builds even as the first missile is launched. The pressure begins to back build starting in the empty space that makes up most of my skull where colds usually lay siege the space before the brain. The empty spaces are where the bombs echo the most that small but insistent warning that the pain is coming that I’d better ready the troops before the real attack begins. Slowly the lights go out the eyes close the head falls forward in to the waiting hand the will attempt to soothe or reach for more artillery. It is tiring this war on pain this battle of grey on gray the seemingly never-ending directing of the troops to bring peace. Between General Ibuprofen and Colonel Acetaminophen the desire to win the war is equal before the battle field is littered with more dead neurons. One day when I am rich and golden and the world clamors to read my every word I will become a voice for fellow casualties of this war. We will band together my fellow veterans and I we will suss out the power of the storm and silence the cannons before the first shot is fired. We will honorably discharge General Ibuprofen and Colonel Acetaminophen for duties beyond the call and a battle well fought to bring peace. I can feel the storm building the battle has not been won quite yet the troops must be rallied the arsenal restocked the weather man shot.