Extraction

Not your average
Summer day.
Two naps
And a whole New Yorker.
Almost nothing else
After 10
When the tooth,
Decades after
The first time
It was singled out for
Extraction
Came out.
Not a bad day,
Considering.
A legitimate excuse
To slack and sleep,
And maybe mourn,
Or not,
Another loss.
All my wisdom teeth
And three others.
Two from dentist errors,
The other an accident.
Today though,
Not the pain
I was expecting.
This tooth was ready to
Give itself up
Easily.
While the
Periodontist
Triathlete
New mom
Superhero
Stood over me
With the bright light
Reflecting off
My dark
“Cool” sunglasses,
Chatting about biking to
Distract me,
I imagined it
Coming out whole
And it did.
10 minutes of ice
10 minutes without
I must go
Ice.
No narcotics …
Yet.

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