Where is His New Crown?

This poem was first posted on Poetic Asides for its April 22, 2009 PAD prompt work. I repeated it today for the Poetic Bloomings September 1, 2013 prompt of the same title. It was a poem I wrote both for the original prompt and for my dentist.

Where is His New Crown?

Doing his job well
often brings a frown,
not a smile.

The more thorough
he is, the more likely
the patient is glum.

A new root canal is needed
to replace an old defective
one next to a small cavity.

This and a new crown
is not the good news
She wanted to hear.

But isn’t it good news
that he keeps her
teeth in good shape

and the new root canal
will protect her
immune system?

Where is her smile?
That would be
his new crown.

Sheryl Kay Oder

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