I count Teeth to encounter Sleep-
Tongue herding Calcium.
A defense against,
Depraved of its Compulsions;
Stimming, Shaking, Chomping.
Crouched in Pearly-White Sheets
Limbs with Toothache all over.
Who once knew REM by the cradle…
now Shepherded by blue light.
I count Teeth in an attempt to Sleep
Whatever remains behind my Gums,
Or the Scum that coats my Tastebuds.
But despite my G-dless Psalm;
My Molars are Wanting, Countless and Coveting.
Led astray by E133.
They walk into the Valley of Darkness
Egyptian Bruised and Impinged upon.
Wander into the Shadow of Death.
They Fear Evil
and the Stench of my Rotted Breath.
By refusing thy Cane,
They are Devoured.
By a pack of Forty Howling Cavities
Carnivorous holes; who feast on the flesh of my Enamel.
Thy Predator is not Decay,
I pray to you Heavenly Dentist
Flossing in Curly Strand Reverence.
I ask you to Admonish the nights I let my toothbrush wither.
I beg for Pearly-Wise Redemption
Bite my Sleeves in Tattered Exaltation.
Chomp my nails in Devotion
Repent for My Oral Fixations,
Those Lovelorn Notions
that assault my brain before Sleep.
The Pink, Slobbered Temples–
That cause me to suck in my Cheeks,
So as not to disturb
his pleasure-filled Prayer.
I brush my Fangs.
I recite Tehillim on the Highway.
To prepare for the Flagellation
of their Gleaming and
the Bite for my Place that
And the Whitening of my Smile.
I wish I saved my Lip Balm
For Faith Without Fanaticism.
I wish I knew then that a Kiss,
would not be their Saviour.
I brush my Teeth,
An attempt of Discipline before Sleep.
When the last Gum forms a Minyan.
I Dream of Uncapped Soaring
& Plaque(s) of Adoration.
I float Unfeathered,
No bands to strap my Brace
Or Act as Brake.
In my Dreams…
**Only, in my Dreams.
My wings are a Smiles Expanse.
The sky is not Above but Around.
My psalms don’t stop the crash of the Highway.
The Clocks take on Dalí’s physique.
I cannot pull the Present and Past apart.
There is nothing to measure the passing of moments
As I fly.
And so I count Teeth.
To mark Time.
Incisor past a Canine,
the Remaining Molars of Sleep…