aosora

United Arab Emirates

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don't swallow gold. i have two tablespoons of sorrow.

tooth urns

September 4, 2020

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too many broken teeth set a campfire by the shore,
and they crack on with the persistence of shaved
crown jewels. they stare into the heart of the embers
and pray for the well-being of missing companions;
like crass lipped tongues and strands of beef that
wedge between them with imposing strength. 
no marshmallows will be toasted tonight; midsummer
gloom is far more palatable to those with staggering
taste-buds. the teeth lounge about with loose quips
and reminiscences of days larger than tired mouths;
being fed monstrous candies after little girls get
vaccinated for polio, being wrenched from mum gum
at barely four years old, being unceremoniously 
shoved under pink polka dotted pillows for fairies to
toothnap them. 

the flames fade into hissing charred wood and dull
yellow sparks. everything else is hushed into the 
silence of a cold dawn. nobody will say a thing now.
nobody will hold a funeral.


 

if there is a listlessness in your chest, let the gongs sing free. i have only one plastic spoon, but i'll break it in half for you.

 

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4 Comments
  • rainandsonder

    that last stanza?? "the flames fade into hissing charred wood and dull/yellow sparks. everything else is hushed into the/silence of a cold dawn. nobody will say a thing now./nobody will hold a funeral." !!


    about 1 month ago
  • spurtsofdarkness

    holy crap this is the best thing i've read this month-'being fed monstrous candies after little girls get
    vaccinated for polio, being wrenched from mum gum
    at barely four years old, being unceremoniously
    shoved under pink polka dotted pillows for fairies to
    toothnap them.'

    toothnap? how do you even think of that one gosh you're a genius. also, the aesthetic you reach with your footnotes? unbelievable


    about 2 months ago
  • Century Friend

    My gosh. These descriptions are amazing, as is the overall story. I wonder how you even came up with this idea – it's so unique and intriguing and also a bit sad, especially at the end there. Wow. Keep writing, this is incredible!
    I also love how poetic the footnotes are :)


    about 2 months ago
  • almost flora kane

    this is gorgeous and i wish i could give you all the recognition in the world. the title is so interesting, and the poem drew me into the story. amazing, amazing, amazing. i especially like this, " midsummer / gloom is far more palatable to those with staggering / taste-buds."


    about 2 months ago