Dental Verse (Limerick & Haiku Prompt)

A limerick and a haiku (senryu) with teeth today.  First, my limerick:

I think I’m becoming unglued —
Not my mind, but a cap caught on food.
But I can’t blame the guy
Who implanted it.  Why?
I forgot to get perm-glued — not shrewd!

And now my haiku (senryu):

The left and the right
May mouth off at each other,
But both hate dentists.

Now, of course, it’s your turn. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to write some verse about dentists and/or teeth. When you’ve posted your poem(s), please return here and add a direct link to your themed poetry, using Mr. Linky.  And please post a comment as well.

Limerick and Haiku Prompts Participants

1. Elephant Small
2. vincent hefter
3. Alan Summers
4. Lilibeth
5. Rob Kistner
6. kouji | haiku poems
7. Joyce
8. Nickers and Ink
9. sister AE
10. Oliver
11. USpace
12. USpace
13. Ben Cousins
14. Val Russell
15. Holly
16. Unsay Moon

UPDATE: Mr. Linky is now closed, but you can still add links to your dental verse in the Comments. And if you’d like to participate in a new poetry prompt, you can always find my latest one here.

UPDATE 2: Happy National Toothache Day! (celebrated yearly on February 9th) And happy Dentists Day! (celebrated yearly on March 6th)

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18 Responses to “Dental Verse (Limerick & Haiku Prompt)”

  1. Stan Ski says:

    i hate dentists – but I got my teeth into this and came up with my response to the prompt.

  2. “Down In The Mouth” (haiku)

    when my dentist gets
    depressed, the mouth he likes to
    look down in is mine…

  3. Alan Summers says:


    dental check
    my bank statement too
    has a hole in it

  4. Lilibeth says:

    Ok, I dashed off a limerick before work; guess I’ll have to add the haiku later.

  5. madkane says:

    A lovely and fun assortment of poems already! Thanks and please keep them coming!

  6. Tumblewords says:

    what’s worse
    than a toothache
    …my dental verse

    I didn’t play, but I’m reading….

  7. kouji says:

    thanks for the prompt. :) my first ever dentist related haiku. :)

  8. Joyce T. says:

    I finally joined in, and had some fun. Thanks for the prompt. :)

  9. Rethabile says:

    Mad Kane,
    Spread too thin and couldn’t participate this time. Hope I’ll be able to, soon.

  10. Oliver says:

    Hey, thanks for the prompt, was fun :)

  11. sister AE says:

    Thanks for the e-mail! I was hoping for a limerick with more bite (pun intended) but at least the one I came up with is topical. Maybe another will present itself to me later. If so I’ll let you know.

  12. USpace says:

    I’ll try to work on a limerick, but here’s a senryu:

    with cavities
    you must get novocain
    – but gas makes it fun

  13. USpace says:

    Thanks for the excellent prompt; here’s my second Limerick ever:

    While sitting in the dentist’s chair,
    It just seemed so very unfair;
    The doctor had no more gas,
    So time would not easily pass,
    And this gave me quite a big scare.

  14. Val says:

    Dentists+pain+ too much money=unhappy person

  15. Ben Cousins says:

    ‘Lack of business was causing me grief’
    My dentist explained with relief
    ‘I canned my ad which had read:
    “Got a pain in your head?
    Fixed as easy as pulling teef!”’

  16. Holly says:

    *sigh* I <3 Haiku! :)

  17. Unsay Moon says:

    I really enjoyed this prompt. Here are my contributions:

    Once when I wanted for money
    I mistook for a dentist a dummy
    He made my grin wider
    But left my incisors
    And now I just look like a bunny.


    I slowly drift off
    Calm and peaceful, dreaming deep
    Then he starts the drill.