Ironically my pockets were too deep

and needed to be emptied of calculus.

The tartar’s algorithm suggested

geometric damage plus tooth loss.

After a few “pinches”, I lay back in the chair.

Now numb, I let him do the math.

With pictures in hand, he calculates

what has to be rendered and sorts the variables.

Keeping account with a bright light,

he moves his deft hands with rapidity and alacrity.

Of the basic subtraction, I marvel, how well

he assesses both my comfort and his progress.

With scalers, curettes, and burnishers,

he completes his calculus reckoning.

He adds careful notes regarding the upper and lower bite

and makes his computation with mathematical exactness.

In addition, to maintain proportionate checks and balances

with formulaic precision, he shows his work.

Closing with sutures and “band-aids” he submits the solution,

confident of a correct de-calculation.

At home, with alternating ice packs, I reduce the swelling

and rest assured that I will continue

to render mouthfuls of good answers

with my whole teeth and nothing but my teeth.

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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