Dentist’s Chair

I recently had the not-so-joyous experience of going to the dentist. I’d love to say that I dozed off but the sounds of scraping within my mouth were enough to scare sleep away. The only thing I could do was dream up a poem …

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DENTIST’S CHAIR   (abecedarian)

zombie-zoned out, and                                          359
yelling, anaesthetized, as
x-rays are examined
willingly by the dentist.
Veneers will be applied where
unbrushed, unflossed; then
teeth will return to pristine white
scaled and sealed to perfection with
root canals explained, all
queries duly answered and
prophylaxis recommended annually.
Orthodontic problems
neatly dealt with in childhood, those
malocclusions changed with braces.
Light scaling achieved while                                    357
kibitzing of local politics and
jokes about implants.
Ignoring blood and spit the
hygienist scrapes unlovely plaque
grinding carefully the while.
Fluoride can be applied over
enamels old and new after
dentists finish drilling out
cavities caused
by eating chocolate
after, and before, dinner.

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first published in Hulltown

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berry & the bandThe Berry Books are perfect for 3-6 year-olds: Berry the mouse, who lives in a tree, gets into funny situations, and has to find his way out of them.

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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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