I Don’t Need Anesthesia: Photo Art & Poetry by Maggs Vibo

I don’t need anesthesia

He pushes a button and
the chair slowly                          mechanically moves  
leans back pushes me                open
w i d e                                         W I D E R
I’ve got the whole world             in my mouth
my goggles 
fog 
seeing trauma                            in my jaw
a root/canal                                a partial?
a date                                         I can't recall
and the conversation
morphs to                                  my sleep
                                                   meds and
allergies                                      latex
But I stop talking once
sirens blare
I don't reach for it
Keep my fists under                  my lap
clutched                                    clenched
I no longer search                     drill
or load ammo                            Suck,
breathe, clear 
I think the steps as he's             covering my mouth
                                                   backwards
counting
from 12, 11, 10...
Drifting
            Tumbling
                         6, 5...canvas        duffeling
                                                     falling
camels   Fucking                           punching
the sand
my guts spill                                 out of 
poetry

At least these days,                     my mind
I know the difference
between a 
memory
and a mind trick 


Margaret Viboolsittiseri (aka Maggs Vibo) works in print, broadcast, special events, glitch media, and online. She is a contributor for Poem Atlas and has experimental art in the winnow
magazine, Coven Poetry, Ice Floe Press, The Babel Tower Notice Board, ang(st), The Wombwell Rainbow. Recent anthologies include Poem Atlas ‘aww-struck’, Steel Incisors, Fevers of the
Mind Press Presents the Poets of 2020 (January, 2021) and ‘My teeth don’t chew on shrapnel’: an anthology of poetry by military veterans (Oxford Brookes, 2020). She tweets @maggsvibo
and her website is https://www.maggsvibo.com/

By davidlonan1

David writes poetry, short stories, and writings that'll make you think or laugh, provoking you to examine images in your mind. To submit poetry, photography, art, please send to feversofthemind@gmail.com. Twitter: @davidLOnan1 + @feversof Facebook: DavidLONan1

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