Dogs 2006

RECLINER
(12/13/06)


I begin
my day
in a dentist's chair
leaned back
and fully exposed
to whatever tooth torture
the man deemed
necessary

just
a cleaning
and a checkup
but he seems
to compensate
for the innocent nature
of the undertaking
by taking great pains
to cause me distress
at this early
hour

first
he slowly
drags a metal pick
across every
seemingly sensitive area
waiting for a wince
or traitorous reflex
to betray
the discomfort
caused

then
he really digs in
because if it hurts
there must
be something
wrong
and further probing
is required

now
he cranks up
a burnishing tool
lingering a bit too long
over the areas
already identified
to be much
too close
to a nerve

my eyes
water
my fingers
and toes curl
as my nuts
try to find
a safe place to hide
tucked up in the recesses
of my lower
bowels

for a nice guy
he can really be
a sadistic
pigfucker

he's done
and his dental assistant
flows gracefully
into the room
playing good cop
to his bad
leaning heavily
against me
as she sings me
a song
of fluoride gel
and enamel
polishing

now
I'm strangely aroused
she's older than I
but not by much
and her lower midsection
curves around my shoulder
and one breast
presses
my ear
as she take me
in an intimate embrace
of oral hygiene

a disturbing
early morning
combination
indeed

I'm back
in my office
extremely confused
not knowing if
regurgitation
or masturbation
would give
the most
relief

indecisive
I answer
my email
instead