The Old Liverpool Dental Hospital

The Old Liverpool Dental Hospital
trained dentists from eighteen sixty one.
I'm glad I wasn’t alive then
cos I doubt
I would have been alive then
had I ever, ever gone!

It was bad enough in fifty two
with rubber bunged mouth
and gas masked face
I woke up spitting teeth out
sick all over the place.

Coming round whilst dribbling blood
into a kidney shaped spittoon
left to groan gently
in a cracked-leather recovery room

Forced back later
to take all my caries away
I can still feel the vibration
of his treadle-drill today
plastered with amalgamated mercury
so I looked like ...
well I guess that’s were Ian Fleming got the idea for Jaws!

By D.Hogg