(before the root canal)


Does the pain linger?

No more than it dawdles

Loiters or delays.

No tender conversation

Tip of the hat

Or gentle gaze.


Pain does not linger.

It pushes and shoves

Roars, spits and glares.

It pokes and prods

Jabs the knife in deep

Laughs, sneers and swears.


Does the pain linger?

Hell yes, it lingers!

Fine, then let’s begin…