TEETH

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Submitted: August 12, 2018

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Teeth chatter, teeth can clench, teeth chew, teeth can grind
We click our teeth absently with no presence of mind—
Are teeth divine? Sometimes I think they are
Teeth don’t go dumb, they don’t go deaf, they don’t go blind
Some teeth are pointed, some are flat. All the same but one of a kind—
Some teeth are stained yellow
Some teeth are bleached white
Some teeth are platinum some are gold; and it has nothing to do with how many records they sold.
One of life’s abysmal terrors is a tooth that is rotten
Producing pain so paralyzing it cannot be forgotten
If you don’t take care of teeth, they get removed or drilled thru
And get replaced with bloody gauze or cotton.
With no saving grace, the pain in one’s face spreads and cannot be subdued by a tube of toothpaste
The blasted molars with a quicksilver shine of old fillings
The blasted dentist who doesn't seem to mind the whine when he is drilling--
The happy-go-lucky sunshiney teeth of the hygienist is proof that teeth are mean when they are cleanest
"Don't pull us!" The teeth in that smile seem to say,
"We're good! We don't need the pliers! We have defeated decay!"
Meanwhile, my teeth one by one have gone away
Have you ever dealt with a rotten tooth? It's a feeling of death that goes down straight to the bone, and you can't escape the torment, it is yours alone
But when we get rid of the rotten things in our lives, be they teeth or a deceptive friend--all else that we encounter seems to grow, seems to thrive!
and the infection ends
When a dead tooth is pulled, the pain objection is overruled, the prosecution and the jury have all been fooled!
Teeth gnash teeth chomp teeth chide teeth chitter
Some people put in grills that make their teeth glow like glitter
Teeth grow in a child's mouth and come out when they are ready
Once, when I dropped acid, my teeth felt very heavy
I was so aware of their presence it was like my mouth was a mess
4 out of 5 dentists all recommend Crest 
I guess the fifth dentist thinks Colgate is best
I couldn't say, but all I now know is that myrrh is a gum tonic, and clove oil can numb
You can swish coconut oil like a mouthwash to help heal your gums
Now I ain't the brightest, in fact, I'm quite dumb
But I think we need teeth to feel complete, at least some--
The perfect pearly whites of Tom Cruise, or Emma Stone 
Or any other celebrity--their teeth are well known
But no one knows the snaggle tooth smile of bums
With no dental insurance, teeth dissolve into crumbs
But I guess that's okay, 'cause at the end of the day
It's the dainty tooth fairy who's getting fat paid!
Whatever the state of your dental health may be
Your smile is still very beautiful to me
So keep smiling, keep going, you gotta fight the good fight
Teeth may not suck, but they can certainly bite--


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