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What Gnaws on My Spine
by chris mckinney

Saturday, August 04, 2007
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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What Gnaws on My Spine

Awakening back pains are a strain on my brain.
What I thought was the rain
And arthritical pain,
Was far from the answer, the doctor explained.

What youíve got here are teeth
That lie deep beneath
Your lower spinal frame.

I listen in awe as he starts to explain
That what I was feeling
And my terrible screaming,
Was not from a dream,
But simply a twin
That settled right in
And began to devour my spleen!

My backache is from this invader
That grinds on my spine like a saw.
And all that remains of this twin inside me
Is a mouthful of teeth and a jaw.

I feel an attack as it gnaws on my back
When I lay on my back, thatís when
The teeth start to bite
In the middle of night.
I wake up in pain yet again.

The doc called it Lillian, my sister inside.
I screamed out in pain when she gnawed on my side.
Thereís nothing to do!
Thereís no way to sleep!
The doc says that Lillian is one in a billion
And I canít live without her;
She makes my heart beat.

So itís off now to bed, the worst place I dread.
Iíll do anything to fall fast asleep.
But I wonít be surprised when Iím closing my eyes,
That itís she who starts grinding her teeth!

Iím just sick of the jokes
That Iím getting from folks
For telling of Lillian, my twin.
Because everyone believes that Iím telling a lie,
But my sister, in fact, is what gnaws on my spine!

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Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 8/6/2007
OUCH! This one made me hurt! Very well done, though...
Reviewed by Leo Durrant 8/5/2007
Chris, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. On the surface, this is a jovial little piece. As a matter of fact, I laughed all the way through it. However, there is a slight undertone that smells of tragedy. I love the dichotomy of that.
Well done.

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