Dental Intermissions

Dental Intermissions


There’s nothing quite so fundamental
when it comes to matters dental
as the fact that teeth gone missing
mar the esthetics of kissing.

It’s doubtful that a dental gap
would land a lass upon the lap
of any lad whose reminiscing
will be done with s’s hissing.

Potential lovers tend to hate
suitors of the toothless state.
Better they should duplicate
those teeth that happened to vacate

those facial places deep inside
the mouths wherein they should reside.
Teeth should be natives of the jaws
that reside within the maws

of suitors that might deign to woo—
to hug and kiss and bill and coo.
In short, what lass does less than censure
a suitor who forgets his denture?

* Judy Dykstra-Brown has lived in San Juan Cosala, Mexico since 2001. In addition to four of her own books, her most current work is found in Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry of the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams and the Unexplainable and The Poeming Pigeon: Cosmos. She publishes daily at

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