Kerrin P. Sharpe

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teeth can be heroes

although my father returned from the war
with just two teeth
he used them like a full set

although every winter my great grandfather
wore stone teeth it was the Vikings
who rolled them into battle

although the Tudors placed warm hare brains
on the gums of teething babies
mice ran the black market for milk teeth

although back in 1948 Kay carved
a full set of pumice teeth
the film archives still show her doing this

although my mother played tricks with her dentures
it was the undertaker who glued her lips
then vanished with her teeth

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