Tony Jolley

Rookie (17th June 1958 / England)

Brief Blindspot - Poem by Tony Jolley

She wasn’t exactly labouring
Under the lop-sided load,
But ‘listing’, rather;
Her frail fingers paying the price
Of having the temerity
To wage a Wednesday afternoon war
Against the god of Gravity.

Through the lens
Of a vacant stare
She might once have called
She appeared motionless:
A metaphor
Between the here and the hereafter.

Then she was gone:
Lost to that brief blindspot
Between rear-view and wing mirror –
To become the bent back
Of a fast-fading memory:
A memory of someone.


Someone I’d never know.

Comments about Brief Blindspot by Tony Jolley

  • (4/4/2008 8:29:00 PM)

    Accessible, your poetry seems to me, and beautifully crafted too. Each word weighed and measured (probably many discarded in the process) . Love your love affair with alliteration too. Gives the poem a real mark of authority. You share your ephemeral human moment, with compassion and a hint of a smile. Lovely poem. Allie ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Report) Reply

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  • Ernestine Northover (10/25/2005 3:43:00 PM)

    I love the last verse and the sad ending. I wonder now, who she was. Sincerely Ernestine Northover (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Poem Edited: Wednesday, April 12, 2006

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