A Waking Dreamer's Nightmare

my filling fell out

A filling fell out.
It was small enough
that I almost missed it,
but I fished it out of my cheek
and carried it
pressed between my thumb and forefinger
for so many hours
that it left divot in the pad of my thumb
for a whole day afterwards.

Then there was a molar
whose back end fell off.
I thought it was a harder nut
and tossed it to the back of my tongue
and gulped.
It wasn't until I cut my tongue
on the jagged tooth
that I knew the piece was gone.

Now I am sure
I eat my own teeth daily
like a waking dreamer's nightmare.
Every foreign thing that touches my tongue
is a piece of me now
swallowed hard.

Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

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