Chrysogonus #67 – at the dentist’s

at the dentist’s 

body pinned under
the torturer’s lamp

cold steel probes
must extract a confession

that mirror pressing on the gums
sees what I cannot

fat fingers, latex gloves
have forced the mouth open

this face, it’s mine
a frozen scream

when I can speak at all
it’s through the nose

what can I do but agree?
to all his hobbies, all his bragging

to the blind date he’s
setting up for me

tubuh terkunci di bawah 
sorot lampu sang penyiksa

tongkat besi menusuk 
mencabut pengakuan 

cermin menekan gusi 
melihat yang tak kulihat 

jemari besar, sarung tangan karet 
memaksa mulut membuka lebar

muka ini, wajahku 
teriak yang membeku 

suara dan wicara
berlari ke hidung 

tak ayal hanya bisa setuju
pada hobi dan bual sang dokter

rudapaksa pada karsaku 
perjodohan yang ia atur

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