A Poem About a Trip to the Dentist

Dental Cleaning

11/18/15

 

Such a simple thing, really,

Cushy recliners, up and down,

Stranger peering in,

“Great teeth,” he says.

I thank him, grateful.

Too grateful.

He notices, listens, sees

Hard work. Past diligence unseen,

Paying off after months invisible.

He works eagerly, carefully.

On me. On me.

As if I’m worthy,

Worth caring for, worth troubling over.

Fixed up now.

Smile ready to show off,

Waiting for that One to care.

Hoping for

Something, anything

Worth sharing that smile.

Sudden self-love says,

No waiting.

Giving myself something to smile for,

Seeing myself

Worth caring for, worth troubling over.

No more mercenary mirrors

Supporting selfish other smiles.

Another smile, my smile

Happily finds dawn’s delight,

Lively, glowing,

Fully knowing it is worthy.

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