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Sunday 24 July 2011


Ice edged wind on a tooth's frayed nerve
panic of God on a pounding tongue
hammering somewhere inside the head
the anvil flesh absorbing pain.
God is buried
though God has won,
the Devil's lost
though the devil's loose.
All the world is racked with pain.
Decay is silent in the tooth
the eyes are blind
the flesh is vain -
while a terminal nerve,
bared to the wind,
shoots sparks of ice at the sun.


Jenny Woolf said...

Ouch Dave, I feel this. Brilliantly descriptive as usual. I hope you get to a dentist VERY soon!

hyperCRYPTICal said...

Ouch indeed! This resonates... usually have to get to this stage before I visit a dentist though.

Anna :o]

Scarlet said...

I know how bad this feels. Love these lines:

while a terminal nerve,
bared to the wind,
shoots sparks of ice at the sun.

happy sunday~

The Weaver of Grass said...

Oh yes, I do agree Dave, bad toothache drives every other thought from one's head.

Rachel Cotterill said...


I have sensitive teeth so I get a brief hint of this whenever I have ice cream...

Brian Miller said...

decay is silent int he tooth...wow great line there...the nerve at the end as well...this is well layered dave

Carl said...

You captured it exactly.

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

Great, it goes to the root, whatever root.

Windsmoke. said...

Comparing the world's pain with a toothache priceless. Especially with the recent terrorist bombing in Norway :-).

Jeanne Estridge said...

At least you haven't reached the stage where you think the devil has won!

Marvelous sensory impressions....

Mary said...

Oh, Dave, you have made me feel the toothache I DON'T (thank god) have! Painfully well written.

Lolamouse said...

OUCH! My teeth ache from reading this!

Dave King said...

Oooer... sorry about that!

Shall do. Thanks and terribly sorry.

Know what you mean. My apologies if I have brought the pains on prematurely.

Much appreciate the comment and the wishes. Thank you.

The Weaver of Grass
Except anger at the powers that allow it to happen, perhaps?

Ice cream has a lot to answer for!

Much appreciate those comments. Thank you so much for them.

Thanks - but I wish I could get rid of it!

OOOOH, that is an emphatic ouch! Good one.

Yes, I know... in defense of which I might say that I wrote it before all these thing errupted - and it was never meant to be JUST a toothach!

Nope, don't think I ever will, I'm too much the optimist. An honorable draw, maybe - but then I'm not sure the Devil's all bad! He's a bit like Judas, all part of the plan. My thanks.

Painfully written, as it happens - what we do for the sake of art! Thanks.

Humble apologies. Not intended.

Carl said...

I am sure! Still turning your pain to art.. That's pretty amazing. I hope the tooth is better soon.

Dave King said...

Thanks for the response. Fine just now!

Home Remedies said...

This article might help with the immediate toothaches in the future! Hope it is a help :)

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Painfully evocative! :)

Dave King said...

Home Remedies
Hi! A warm welcome to my blog. Thank you for visiting and for your comment. It does help - slightly!

Is that better than evoking pain? Not sure... Thanks for responding.

Jenna Schrock said...

This is better off posted in a dental office. It will certainly help people realize how important dental care is. You have a very creative mind, and it’s great that you’re putting it to good use!