61. No Sense

Your dentist

Wants to schedule

A complicated,

Invasive procedure

To remove 

A tiny cavity

Beneath a crown.

You, who can not 

Sit still

For a half-hour cleaning;

Who needs help 

Keeping your mouth open.

No, you do not 

Brush your teeth

Well; can not be made to.

Most days, we hand you

Your toothbrush 

Only to have you 

Brush your hair. 

We try to help;

You clench your teeth

And scowl.

Are your teeth so important

When you do not eat?

Can she not see?

Is it a lack 

Of common sense,

Or common decency?

I am tempted to be incensed—

But know well enough

There is no sense

In that.