Oscar Hahn

Oral Hygiene


I take a toothbrush

and wet it with holy water


Like a rag soaked in gasoline

the brush begins to burn


The bristles burn on and on

near the profane water tap


I take the flaming brush

and one by one I clean my teeth


If the fire on the brush burns out

we’ll suddenly all burn out


I pray it keeps on burning

and frees my speech from sin


With my mouth full of ashes I’ll

be able to smile at the Almighty




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