Metrical Friday: A Little Tooth

A Little Tooth
By Thomas Lux

Your baby grows a tooth, then two,
and four, and five, then she wants some meat
directly from the bone. It’s all

over: she’ll learn some words, she’ll fall
in love with cretins, dolts, a sweet
talker on his way to jail. And you,

your wife, get old, flyblown, and rue
nothing. You did, you loved, your feet
are sore. It’s dusk. Your daughter’s tall.

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  1. (un)relaxeddad
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    One of those great poems that make me wish poets where equally inspired by sons. I really need a daughter to read Yeats’ “A Prayer For My Daughter” over in the small hours. Hmm. Have to have a word with supermum :)

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