Sunday, December 26, 2010
Thomas Fucaloro - Poem "The tax on teeth"
The tax on teeth by Thomas Fucaloro
The tooth fairy isn’t real but tooth decay is.
You can easily prevent tooth decay
by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly
seeing your dentist for teeth cleaning and checkups
avoiding hope and food that is high in sugar.
Now this might be the alcohol and rainbow Italian layered cookies talking
can’t be cured by a dentist
but it sure can make sure
its gums are clean
when it smiles.
I don’t know what it is but I miss you
and I think its decaying my teeth.
Tooths 18 and 31 are gone once strong rooted and you
falls out and becomes wisdom
sets in another form of tooth
and they just beat the shit out of the teeth in front of them.
Before removing a wisdom tooth, your dentist
will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area
where the tooth will be removed.
A general anesthetic
may be used, especially if several of your wisdom teeth
and the women you once loved
are removed at the same time.
Now this might be the absinth or the rainbow layered Italian cookies or the local anesthetic talking
but I can’t help feeling that broken relationships have something to do with tooth decay.
I grind my teeth wondering
what you’re wondering
and if what your wondering
is what he’s wondering
and how it’s all such tooth decay.
It’s such a tax on teeth worrying them
all the time
you spend together.
Now this might be the absinth
or the tooth decay
or the local anesthetic
or the rainbow layered Italian cookies talking
but I think this is my John Hughes poem
my John Bender fuck you poem
my keep the chin up the sun will shine and so will you poem
my something strange between us poem we just don’t know what it is
my missing tooth poem gap toothed grin
my finding one’s voice or losing it poem
Thomas Fucaloro is a New York City poet.