focus on the pain originating in your molar
floating heavenward like an angel
made of nerves wrapped around broken stained glass
up through your hard palate
lodging between your ear and jaw
wonder for ten seconds if it’s cancer or an abscess
then opt for tmj because you’re tired and you
need to sleep
this is a memento that death leaves in your crib
to remind you every single day that you are not
in fact, going to live forever
or maybe he colluded with the tooth fairy
when you lost your first tooth
touched that soft bloody spot
in your gums
you obsessively kept
your children’s teeth
even the dog’s
21 thoughts on “memento mori (20170228)”
Ouch — my teeth hurt all of a sudden! You’re doing fine, I hope?
Oh yeah, I’m fine. 😀
I suppose pain does tell you that you’re alive. Is that comforting? I’m not sure.
I hope, if you are in pain, that you’re feeling better now.
I had my kids’ baby teeth for a while, but then I found them one day, and they were really disgusting, so I tossed them. 🙂
I think that is probably pain’s primary function. That and to remind you that maybe you better get moving if you want to stay alive. And I’m fine, thanks. I was pretty tired.
cripping right till the end. I love it!
Thanks very much!
I did mean gripping!
This shook me a bit….reminders…great job!
Not all mementos are warm and fuzzy.
I remember keeping my children’s teeth for a while. That might be what the tooth fairy is for, a way for parents to exchange the tooth for something else.
Baby teeth and locks of hair as mementos used to be common, .very personal….teeth filled with gold or silver symbolize longevity and leave hints….yet nothing is permanent except death. Good one.
Ouch, I have TMJ so I know what that feels like. I never thought of pain as a memento…until now. Enjoyed this response to the prompt.
Thanks very much!
This made me laugh. Wrong response? I killed a character in one of my flashes recently, and my husband laughed his fool head off. Made me so mad. Anyway, I suppose any reaction is a good one? I hope so. I enjoyed it.
I think laughter is a good response. I laugh at some of my darkest most gruesome pieces.
Just ouch….I love the idea pain heading heavenward…mine mostly takes me in the other direction 😉
I didn’t even have much of a pain at the time. It just annoyed me.
This left me feeling uncomfortable somehow, and conjured up many hours in the dentist’s chair!
Nothing like someone else’s hands in your mouth to remind you of your mortality.
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