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Baby Teeth


Marco Verch, flickr


Autumn is the season of falling leaves

childhood is a season of losing teeth


The loss of the first incisors

starts at the dissolving of roots

as though child pulls from their soil

like fish who then walked on land


The metamorphosis entails

shedding vestigial organs,

then the parent


Perhaps gratitude for what remains

only comes when body parts

no longer regenerate.



 

Published in Rat's Ass Review, Winter 2021/22

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