Surgery

by Chua Han Au

I was draped in green scrubs
face and body covered
eyes heavy with obscurity
tasting hot light

his fingers pressed strong on the left jaw
controlled vibrations
coupled with a penetration of a
long
and
deadly
sting

four
bloody
times
were due

rapidly released harmless yellowish toxic
in thick
malingently huge
transparent
syringe

stoic was the dentist
comforting was his sonorous voice
expelled warnings without spirit

there it comes
dreadful drillings
forceful adjustments of tooth
side to side

keep in mind
I lay vulnerable
deprived of sight and light
only came in through
a cloth catered for my mere mouth

it ended
with a release of a tightly clenched fist
and a silent heave of relief

and of course
an imbrued mouth in blood
and two craters in my gums

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