Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Dentist in the Bathroom

It’s like wrenching a big rusty tooth
from our bathroom
that festering tub had to go
leaking at the gums
cracked glaze
a hazard to the health
of this house quite alive
spreading its decay.
The plumber
pressed his drill deep
through the roots
of the aged porcelain
then broke it out
with his sledgehammer
swing by swing
smashing
cast iron fractured
lugged down the
stairs and out the door.
Goodbye old tub.
But dentist if you will
spare a shot of Novocain
before sending the bill.

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