The Dentist

I sit, teeth clenched, trembling in my chair,

As dappled ceiling tiles above catch my terrified glare.
Blinking, light bulbs temporarily blind,
While my knuckles whiten and jaw starts to grind.

As injection after injection fill my pin cushion gums,
I squirm and wriggle as my nerve slowly numbs.
He draws closer, the sadist dentist with his deafening drill,
As I beg to be put under with every gas, air and pill.

I start to choke as I regret every treat,
Every drip of cider, every chocolate and sweet.
As one by one, my rotten teeth fill up with incurable holes,
Ravaged like a lawn full of ravenous moles.

But despite all his pleas to give up sugar quick,
I will keep satisfying my sweet tooth with every lolly that I lick.
I won’t learn my lesson and remember this fateful day,
Until four months later where again here, I’ll lay.

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Shadow

I tinge your skin with my asphyxiating veil,
Inflicting pain inwards, to maim and impale.
Blackening your doorway, I repel your light,
Turning love and empathy into envy and spite.
I am cold as ice, a lingering fling,
As secure as a frayed, severed string.

I have no worth, no purpose nor aim,
I’m a walking spectre, downtrodden and lame.
An emptied shell, once full of life,
Now suffocating through endless strife.
Desolate, my feelings paint my soul,
Marking me next for the bell’s toll.

But in a sea of grey faces, I don’t stand alone,
For I’m not the only shadow to curse and bemoan.
We’re a lonely race, joined through our fears,
Through our desperation and tap-like tears.
Ignored and derided, we hide in plain sight,
Strangers to skies and the warmth of sunlight.