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By Josie Whitehead

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Perfect Smile


By Josie Whitehead


God bless the dentists, all of them,
    Who carefully tend our teeth.
They know about our cavities
    And secrets down beneath.

Mine’s always pleased to see me:
    'Can you open really wide?
I want to see what’s lurking
    So let’s have a probe inside.'

I’m in his chair, mouth open wide.
    Escape?  I dare not try.
So it’s now he asks a question
    And expects me to reply?

He sets about the task in hand
    And show’s he’s very willing
To track that hidden cavity
    And replace it with a filling.
He’s got me anchored to his seat.
    He’s ready to attack!
Thank God it’s not a filling –
    He’s just working on the plaque.

My check’s complete, the polish done!
   You‘ll know just how I’m feeling.
He’s finished now, it’s time to flee.
   My eyes can leave his ceiling.

'We’ll see you back in six months’ time!' -
      How can I feel a thrill
When the appointment is for three of us:
      Him, me and his big drill?

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