Tuesday Poem: teeth

teeth

(we know) this world has teeth

teeth that bite   teeth

of grief and death

to keep you honest   this

world has teeth   saw

blade teeth   twin blade

timber slicing teeth   teeth

to sunder youth from age

clean down the middle

into a stack of four

by two   teeth so bright

they make eyes blink

and in one second saw

the world you knew   just for

you this world has teeth

such teeth   such teeth as

love must meet   meet the world

meet its breath   when death

love   meets

Tuesday Poem

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4 Responses to Tuesday Poem: teeth

  1. S.L. Corsua says:

    I relate to this as it reminds me of where and when I had this and that indelible ‘bite mark’, so to speak.

    “to keep you honest this / world has teeth” — Check.

    “in one second saw / the world you knew” — That, too. Check. (I’m liking the use of the verb ‘saw’ here, a lot, by the way, which I take to refer to the act of cutting in half.)

    I also like the circularity in the ending. Whichever one turns, one gets a ‘bite mark.’ But a mark is a mark, and what doesn’t kill you… 🙂

  2. paparoa says:

    Thank you 🙂

  3. I love this: teeth

    to sunder youth from age

    clean down the middle

    into a stack of four

    by two

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