By Thomas Page

I am student teaching a senior level class in Washington, DC. They have to write some poems on these prompts. I decided to try all 30 of them. However, I will not say what the prompt was but what its number was.

Prompt #29

I’m told within the next six months that I have to be back in that little office

With the 25” inch flatscreen on the loop

And reintroduce my insurance to them

So that I can do it again.

Sitting in the hygienist’s chair

I think of skyscrapers as the tool digs into my enamel

The sensation of the Sears building on the sky’s gums

It’s tool blinking with a red eye to avoid the midnight traffic

Or maybe the Flatiron like the toothbrush putting plaster of Paris on my teeth

Or the Transamerica the mirrored stick looking at my third molars having points I can’t see.

The dentist’s hand, in my mouth like the Burj Khalifa, trying to the very top of the roof with a narrowing scope

My mouth feels like a construction yard for the next corporate enterprise in the sky.

I rinse and repeat.

One thought on ““Scraper”

  1. This is amazing. I liked “Burj Khalifa”. This indeed a great initiative. If I were a teacher in school, I would have started. I was faculty in private Universities in Bangladesh. I tried creative writing using prompt. Sadly all my head of the departments objected saying it’s meaningless. Though they knew how important it was and still is the standards of English of the students were /are not up to the standard.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Best regards


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