Dogs 2009

TOOTHLESS GRIN
(12/23/09)


50

I honestly
feel better
than ever

considering
that I spent
my 20's and 30's
in a drunken stupor
and my 40's
attempting
to shake it
all off
you may
understand
why this decade
has me feeling
best

aside
from graying hair
trifocals
and an increasing
propensity
for sleep
most outward signs
do not
belie
my age

my teeth
however
are another
story

chips
dark pits
black lines
bordering
existing
dental work
all lead
to a rather decrepit
smiling demeanor
of me

I am grateful
regardless

both parents
had almost complete
denture sets
by age 30
so genetically
my mouth
was always
doomed

I'm running
more dentally downhill
everyday
and many now
mistake my smiles
for grimaces
but there is
no discomfort
and these choppers
still perform admirably
their prime
function

older now
I can accept
that usability
over appearance

pain free
over
freely given
smiles

inside
I glow
although most
may never
know