The Dentists Chair

An oral poem

We cut our teeth on each other’s lips
your love gripped
and rotted away
as tooth decay
in the corner of my mouth

reclining back in the dentists chair
here, in this place
I’m acutely aware
of the colour of my ceiling
the buzzing of the tools

drilling deep into the depths of my being
the dentist, all seeing
I, neck back, puffed up like a toad
pathetically gagging on my own saliva
just to fill this feeling with this filling.

© Darius the Mate


Written for dVerse: Poetics.

The challenge today, I which I particularly enjoyed, was to compose a poem without putting pen to paper – in this way, we explore the Oral Poem – now written, attached is an audio recording of the work in spoken word.

I decided to play on, and continue, the ‘oral’ theme in my poem, taking inspiration from the inspiration.

A thank you to Ingrid at Experiments in Fiction, for hosting today’s prompt.


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33 thoughts on “The Dentists Chair

  1. As a person who has been in the chair a time or two you describe the experience excruciating well, all the more vivid with your reading. I like how you opened the poem which lets the reader know it’s more than just torture.

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  2. Oh this is incredibly brilliant, Darius! I especially like; “just to fill this feeling with this filling.” You absolutely rocked the prompt! 💝💝

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  3. Oh, this is a stroke of brilliance, Darius! From the emotional pain of a relationship turned sour, to the physical pain of the dentist drilling into a nerve. That last line is fantastic: the play on words between ‘filling’ and ‘feeling’, and even the similarity between ‘fill’ and ‘feel’ when that word is spoken aloud. The recording really added to my enjoyment of the poem, thank you!

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