I suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), a chronic condition that causes facial pain and migraines. I wrote this poem about a dog living with TMJ …
He sits, jaw ajar, to keep the pain away.
When he chews on a bone there’s a price to pay.
Poor pooch with TMJ.
He’s careful not to yawn too wide,
Or woof too much.
Poor dog with TMJ.
He’d love to howl at the moon,
But his jaw would lock all too soon.
He whimpers: Why is he the dog with TMJ?