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Ode on a Rotten Tooth | Seamus O'Sparks

Ode on a Rotten Tooth

By Seamus O'Sparks on November 21, 2016 — 1 min read

Everyone loves high minded poetry on FB, so here is something I did that will KNOCK YOUR TEETH OUT!!!

Ode on a Rotten Tooth

Thou still enameled bride of mastication
Thou muncher of carrots and slow time
Dentin historian, who does express
A pearly tale more dulcet than
This Rhyme
What crowning legends haunts about thy shape
Of desserts or entrees, or of both
In Denny’s or the parlors of
Marble Slab
What a piece of mortality you are? What a piece of me?
What chomps and bites?

Tasted sugars are sweet, but those untasted
Are sweeter; therefore, ye healthy teeth,
Chew on;
Not to the sensual tongue, but, more unsung
Chew to the oral delights of no flavor
Fair youth, upon the gums, thou canst not stay
Thy bite, and ever shall those gums recede
Bold cuspid, never, never canst thou nibble
Though removed from my mouth, do not grieve;
You cannot fade, though thou has not
My maw
For ever wilt thou sit, and maw be fair

And happy, happy tooth, that cannot grind
Your decay now bids my mouth adieu
And happy dentist, unwearied
Forever repairing mouths forever new
More happy teeth, more happy happy teeth
Forever fake and still to be enjoyed
Forever chewing, and forever young
All eating human appetite far above
That leaves a smile high-sorrowful
And cloy’d
A foreshadow of demise in a toothsome grin

When rotted shall this dentist replace
Thou shall remain, in midst of other teeth
Porcelain, friend to oral hygiene, to who thou say’st
Beauty is tooth, tooth beauty-
That is all ye know on dentistry
And all ye need to know

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The Story of Seamus

Seamus O'Sparks is the seventh son of a Seventh Day Adventist who went on a seven-day bender starting on July 7, 1977 at a strip club called Seventh Heaven at the corner of 7th St. and 7th Ave. in the West Village.