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.