Tony Jolley

Rookie (17th June 1958 / England)

Sciatica - Poem by Tony Jolley

The heavy amour rolled through my Poland late last night
Gouging and spurting flesh like mud under its tracks,
Scouring deep welts down my flanks,
Spitting out gristle, guts and gouts of blood
To seep back and fester, black-red and congealing, in the ruts
Whilst the feral me
Convulsed in agony
Transfixed in the cross-hairs
Of the unending lines of Stukas
As they steep-dived their unmistakable dihedrals
At the base of my spine
Pulling out only at the point calculated as most critical to my pain
Dropping their singular back-busters
To explode in my lumbar
And concatenate and concentrate their concussions
Down each leg and back
In some murderous, magnified, sadistic echo.

No defence,
Not even a pain-killing wall was left standing....

....It finished only when they were done with me
When there wasn't much left of me.

Comments about Sciatica by Tony Jolley

  • (12/15/2011 3:11:00 PM)

    Hi Tony, great poem. I wanted to include you poem in a prelude for a phd thesis about sciatica from a brain plasticity point of view and surgery's impact on it. It would be published in print and your name would appear as the author. Please let me know if you like the idea and would like to give me permission? Thanks, Yoann (Report) Reply

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  • (6/16/2008 11:09:00 AM)

    Your poem was very powerful

    some ways to reduce sciatica pain

    elimination of meat and fish, coffee tea from the diet, since their trioxypurines
    or dioxypurines
    leave spurs on the spine which block nerves
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  • (6/16/2008 10:52:00 AM)

    A horrible, painful image - compact and disturbing... A great poem just the same. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, June 16, 2008

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