Open Wide

i wouldn’t know the name
of the dentist i am about to see
but there is a form to fill, personal details
will i need a second appointment?
pace the waiting room
tv too loud to hear own thoughts
far too intimate
open my mouth –
i wouldn’t do this on a first date
let alone for a dentist,
chest hair yawning from his blue uniform shirt
lay back, blinded –
gazed directly into the light
metal instruments clink,
meet my incisors

originally published put me down, I’m terrible


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