Bad Toothbrushes

                            after Laura Jensen

Because they delve

they are like buckets at wells.

Because they plunge froth-faced into caves

they are insane.

They are bad because they are flat-out phallic.

They jerk off in the dark,

and discourage sharing.

Which is not just bad, but also stupid.

I am sorry, but they droop

like old horses going to glue,

sad-sacked, manes chock full of pasture.

Scavengers. Scrapers.

Twice-a-day violators.

Worst is how their servility

makes me feel guilty.

Unable to stand upright alone,

they are kept corraled like freaks.

They are like martyrs led to slaughter

so trash like us can eat.

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