I've been grinding my teeth

in my sleep

clenching them tight

while awake

The constant pressure

in my jaw is

causing an insufferable headache

Some I whittle to nubs

others I just crack and break

And I used to have such

a pretty smile –

even though it was

nearly always fake

Now I grin with jagged

shards of bone

greeted with bleeding

gums when I wake

They can numb the pain

with novocaine

but I still don't know

how much more I can take