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Novocain?

Quite soon, I’ll get a new incisor crown
Because this naughty tooth is breaking down.
To tell the truth, I’m scared more than a bit—
I’m such a coward, that I must admit.

Technician now lays out a frightful syringe,
A sickle, tweezers, burs that make me cringe.
In utter panic, mesmerized, I stare
Into the blinding lamp’s impartial glare.

And there she is! the one who has the cure.
Oh, this is gonna hurt; of that I’m sure!
I panic, but she asks with an evil smile,
Are you okay? “Aaarrg . . . yeah, gimme a while.”

Soft cotton stuffed behind the lip, I wait
For Novocain— She brings me up to date:
Oh, we no longer use that No-vo-cain,
But, trust me; you will love our Ar-ti-caine . . . .

My lip grows numb, and now I hear the whirr
Of that most-dreaded drill and grinding bur . . . .
Brrrr bzzz brrrrrr bzzzz. I wish I was stone dead—
Or even better yet—dead-drunk instead.

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Written for Ms. Lavender who will have to face the dentist. Be of good cheer; Articaine is here.
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Dear Jerry, your rhyming poem made me smile. I feel empathy, because I'm really phobic of dentists. Well, at one time I used to jump out of the seat and make for the door! But I had panic attacks for all sorts of reasons.
Ugh, that drill...When I was a child, the drills were far worse and the village dentist was a bit of a brute. I guess that's where my phobia began.
Anyway, I can't say I "like" the theme...lol. But you're so inventive, always writing poems about original experiences. The rhymes are very good, thanks for sharing this amusing work. All the best, Gracy

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yeah, dentists of yore used to be quite aggressive, but thanks to them I have a nearly complete set of choppers at my advanced age; no adhesive needed when I want to kiss Lynda. I have a clean mouth; so says my dentist, and I try not to let a filthy word leave that oral cavity, lol. (See my toothbrush twice a year and brush my dentist three times after meals. ???? What????) Gracy, dear, thanks so very much. Hi from Lynda. Jerry

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I've been there many times, so can easily relate. Outch!
Wasn't that painful!

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all of my own choppers years ago, [due to very soft enamel] and the effects of acid-reflux as a young adult, I can sympathize with the fear of dentists. At the time of my troubles, they were really brutal.
Think knocking them out with rocks, [just kidding]. But, they were not in the most part, very gentle souls and viewed our pain with scorn. Man up kid, it only hurts when the Novocaine wears off! Yes, I think that they enjoyed our psychological terror too! Laying out all those surgical-instruments in plain view, where you HAD to look at them. A very good poem that sees beyond the physical pain and shows what these
monsters that go to school for years to learn. How to torture us, with legal means. ~ Geezer.
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thanks for your insightful comment--and there I was making fun of something I had observed going on next to me. I can be so insensitive. Well, better the guy next to me--than ME. Now, remember the Ipana song, "Brusha brusha brusha, brusha with Ipana . . . ." Look Maw, no cavities, lol. Now I wonder if chickens get cavities in their beaks? Sorry about your misfortune, Geezer.
Thanks for the comment. Jerry

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why so formal? I haven't been knighted yet. But it's true, my wife, whom nature had endowed with a set of very healthy teeth, balks every time her teeth cleaning date comes up. She claims that the hygienist does more damage with those scrapers---and to some degree she may have a point. Ms. Rula, thank you for your comment, Jerry

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Hi, Jerry!
Ugh! The dentist. I've been fortunate that most of my visits have been maintenance and cleaning so far, but still... Always a lot of cringing going on! Had not heard of Articain, but "numb" sounds pretty nice! Your poetry is like being there, so much so that in this case, it's going to be a relief to get outa that chair and leave!
Thank you!
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I was just contemplating the chicken's advantage of having a beak versus teeth. No cavities. Well, you know what they say about idle minds--darn! I forgot; what do they say? Yes, Articain replaced Novocain, at least that's what my dentist said ( btw, she reads my poetry published in the local paper). Lav.,I wish I could save you the terror and discomfort of going to the dentist, dear Lavender. Jerry

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Thanks, Jerry,
You are very kind. At least now my mind will be somewhat distracted by the image of sharks and chickens. Ha!
Thank you!
L

it's safe to go in the water; the sharks are on land; but beware of those chickens: such messes they make! you might slip and break a leg! Just trying to seT your mind at ease--at least about the sharks. Thanks Lavender,
Jerry

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You know you've come across a good write when you can actually feel the poem. I heard the drill going, and had a knee jerk cringe. Well done, this.

Yeah, I pride myself in writing painful poety; that's why everyone here loves me (not).
Thanks for the nice comment. Jerry

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