Dentures Under Pillow: A Poem

Updated on May 11, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

An aging dude puts dentures under pillow at night

hoping for the Tooth Fairy to change his bad luck

well, that's how he is expecting things to go right

after years of not doing much to get life unstuck.

Then he wakes up in the morning all confused

instead of Tooth Fairy he sees his wife's face

suddenly feeling as if all beaten and bruised

by memories of wrong faces at wrong place.

He washes his face avoiding mirror's mocking

then finds one left over use for that dead tool

with some hours before he's ready for talking

just mumbling its rehearsal, that old silly fool.

At breakfast he finds out something is missing

even the soft of bread seems harder to chew

puzzled why his breath sounds like hissing

strange look of his wife not giving a clue.

Only later on when he smiles at his wife

he gets told to put back on his dentures

and now he feels fully equipped for life

on rocking chair ready for adventure.


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