The Cutting Edge

What could be better than dental health--
perky pink gums, gleaming caps, and root canals
filled with sterilized rubber?
Yes, my cuspids are anchored
and ache only on a dream-tossed pillow,
unlike my mother's teeth that come out nightly
in a group, puckering her mouth with emptiness.  

Please assist me, steadfast teeth; promote my pleasure,
dice my dover sole and grind my essential bran.
Don't succumb to stress, don't crack and stab with a
pain that festers like an angry untrappable fly
confounding my brain. Let the ghost of dental danger
pass over this house.

Richard Soref

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