Spending Hours at the Dentist’s Office


The Etheree is a little-know poetry format named after an Arkansas poet, Etheree Teylor Armstrong. It is a poem of ten lines, unrhymed and no meter. Syllables follow the pattern:
1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10. It can also be reversed which I have done with the topic of a visit to the dentist.


visit and
with numbed mouth was
difficult to rinse
tried but a dribble went
down my chin, over my clothes
face felt twice the normal size which
made eating, speaking, drinking awful
spent many moons sitting at the dentist


Reverse Etheree: (10/9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1)

Why? Cleaning, filling, polishing, x-rays
root canals, caps, implants, filling work
to preserve and keep teeth for a
lifetime of pearly white teeth
alternative is grim
losing all your teeth
chewing is hard
floss daily


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19 Responses to Spending Hours at the Dentist’s Office

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    I love this form of poetry. I have try it one day. With these lovely flower photos you added a little bit of cheer to an otherwise somber dental visit. Best wishes, Mary Ann!

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  2. Your smile is still beautiful!

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  3. Well done! ❤ Wishing you a lovely weekend, Mary Ann. xo

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  4. Annika Perry says:

    Yeah! I love this Etheree poetry – thank you for introducing and sharing about it here! Who knew a dentist’s visit could be the source of inspiration for poetry – have you show these to your dentist? You should! You have a lovely smile and looking relaxed and happy! Wishing you a magical autumn with lots of bright smiles! xx

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    • Finally I found your lovely comment and don’t quite know how I lost it in the first place. I love haiku poetry which involves counting syllables to when I saw the Etheree poetry format, it was just my cup of tea. And since a couple friends had mentioned the dentist, I decided to try my hand at it. Who knew? If you write your own, please let me know. Blogger friends are the best.

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      • Annika Perry says:

        Phew … so glad you found my comment. 😀 A few times I’ve accidentally erased comments or put them in spam! I’ll definitely try my hand at this poetic form and see what turns up. I’m currently sorting out to refit our kitchen after a flood damaage … might use that everyday for inspiration! What is your latest singing project? Will it involve a lot of travel? Enjoy every moment! Xx

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      • So sorry to hear of your flood damage. We are dealing with updating both bathrooms so need electricians and plumbers. Latest singing is with Pops (Bernstein) and involves travel to the city for rehearsals and performance Oct. 13. Other group is Syracuse Chorale, and we’re singing Charpentier and Rutter for 3 performances Dec. 7,8, & 9. That involves weekly travel roundtrip of about 1 hour which is more when the weather involves snow. I am trying to enjoy every moment. Good luck with the flood damage and repairs.

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  6. Arno Bode,Cologne,Germany says:

    Liebe Mary Ann,
    interessanter schriftstellerischer Beitrag zu einem fast alltäglichem Thema. Interessant zu lesen ist Deine gelungene Darstellung..Wunderschöne Fotos ergänzen Deinen Beitrag. Dein wundervolles glückliches Lächeln vermitteld den Eindruck eines großen Hollywood Stars.Veröffentliche öfter Fotos von Deinem strahlenden Lächeln. Es motiviert und beflügelt und schafft Freude.
    Alles Liebe und Gute für Deine Zukunft
    Dein Arno

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    • Lieber Arno,
      herzlichen Dank für diesen schönen Kommentar. Ein Hollywoodstar? Ich denke nicht. Ich bin froh, dass Du mein Lächeln magst. Ich genieße Fotos, um meine wöchentlichen Blogs zu begleiten. Alles Gute für Dich und Deine Familie, Arno.
      Deine Mary Ann


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