John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs

(9 July 1918 - 26 December 2006 / London / England)

A Charm Against The Tooth-Ache - Poem by John Francis Alexander Heath-Stubbs

Venerable Mother Toothache
Climb down from your white battlements,
Stop twisting in your yellow fingers
The fourfold rope of nerves;
And tomorrow I will give you a tot of whiskey

To hold in your cupped hands,
A garland of anise flowers,
And three cloves like nails.

And tell the attendant gnomes
It is time to knock off now,
To shoulder their little pick-axes,
Their cold-chisels and drills.
And you may mount by a silver ladder
Into the sky, to grind
In the cracked polished mortar
Of the hollow moon.

By the lapse of warm waters,
And the poppies nodding like red coals,
The paths on the granite mountains,
And the plantation of my dreams.


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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 16, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, May 16, 2011


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