Joint Tension

some scratches

At night I
Clench my jaw
Top teeth against the outside of crooked bottom ones
A clinically diagnosed overbite
My tongue feels the roof of my mouth
The length of my jaw bone tightens

A black cable falls loosely outside of my window
It brushes and smacks
Against the white vinyl paneling
The sound of an attic ladder being pulled down
And the weight of its contents
An arthritic tendon and overstretched bone

I hear the creaks and scrapes and the tension
And at night, I clench my jaw

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