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Inspired by a visit to the dentist. I was struck by the parallels between having root work and extractions to my therapy for PTSD.

Treatment

Screen_shot_2017-12-05_at_08.50.24by Patrick Howse21 Aug 2013


Probing, scraping, scratching,
Each delicate twitch
A scything sweep.

Clattering mirror, drill,
Forceps bloody
On white enamel,

Life’s lumped accumulation,
Debris, pain,
Deeply excavated.

The creaking tooth’s
An old tree
In the felling gale.

I take it home with me.