Haiku of Wisdom

Wisdom is to give

Laughing gas to the mother

Not just the daughter.


No mother would choose

To sit there, in her right mind,

Listening, watching.


The doctor pokes, prods

At the giant hidden teeth

Just out of his sight.


The daughter groans, laughs

Her head still, but legs writhing,

Numb mouth, hearing ears.


The mother, undrugged,

Counts extracted wisdom teeth,

Writhes herself, then sighs.


This was written for The Daily Post’s Weekly Writing Challenge: Haiku Catchoo!

“In this week’s creative writing challenge, we’ll step toward verse to try our hand at writing haikus. Haikus are a great way to warm up to your writing projects. The short form, combined with simple line and syllable constraints, helps you to work your mind in a new way, as you embrace brevity in a bid to create vivid imagery.”

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Billybucb
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 17:14:47

    You had me laughing with the first stanza. Well done, Randee. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.


  2. alainafae
    Nov 25, 2013 @ 18:08:20

    Loved this, simply loved it. Perfectly captured the story-telling nature of the haiku and the experience of a parent fretting for a child during a necessary but trying time.


    • randee
      Nov 25, 2013 @ 19:08:54

      Oh good, I’m glad you liked it. I think that whomever invented the haiku (which is supposed to be about nature, isn’t it?) is probably wondering what the heck we’re doing with it here this week on WordPress.com!


  3. knace
    Nov 26, 2013 @ 07:42:08

    You are both brave! I was gratefully knocked out cold for my wisdom teeth extraction.


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