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20th anniversay issue #4
JANET I. BUCK : Tooth Decay
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JANET I. BUCK
Tooth Decay

I feel a lump inside my breast, consider it a garlic clove, catch its scent beneath my tattered fingernails, go back to sleep, dreaming of the mammogram I should have gotten years ago. Our porch swingís creaking as it moves. Rusted screws are no surprise. Too many other troubles brew with morning coffee every day. This is just a sly aside of destiny, like rubbing tongues across the acorns of old teeth. Canít put everything thatís wrong in crock pots just to stew for hours. Iíll shake garlic from a jaró all my dread will disappear. In the end, we all play bridge with tattered cards, aces fall from baggy sleeves. If I pickle every mini-cuke I eat, my veins will fill with vinegar. Despite edema in my calf, Iím eating twelve potato chips, the biggest ones inside the bowl. No time to watch alyssum buds become thick bags of cotton balls, float the air before they hit their graves of dirt. I study peach geraniums, wish against all wishes lost, their petals last through August days. Dots are rubbing off the dice.

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Janet Buck is a seven-time Pushcart Nominee. Her poetry has appeared in 2River View, Offcourse, The Pedestal Magazine, and hundreds of journals worldwide. Janet's second print collection of poetry, Tickets to a Closing Play, was the winner of the 2002 Gival Press Poetry Award and her third collection, Beckoned By The Reckoning, was released by PoetWorks Press in the spring of 2004. She has been a regular contributor to poetryrepairs and its first guest editor.



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