The Cavity


The broken tooth hurt only when I would

breathe in.  The air across the exposed nerve

sent electricity up to my head.

My wife of fifty years asked, “Do you have

some chewing gum?  Use it to cover up

the hole until the Dentist calls you back.”

It worked.  I took two aspirin with a cup

of water (warm, because she said the shock

of cold would make me scream.)  Then I

could breathe,

inhale, and feel no pain.  I snuck into

the dark kitchen and found that I could leave

the gum in place and eat ice cream.  (When you

have lost half of your own Sweet Tooth and still

cannot resist more sugar–you’re in hell.)

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