Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Blood, Teeth, Wings

This tooth fairy tale isn’t soft
or sweet.
It is salty
with a girl’s blood, sharpened
by a choker made of her teeth.
To belong,
in this fairy tale, a girl must give up
her bite and her Self
(in exchange for fairy wings).

Some say, “But
isn’t it worth it? It’s just
a little blood and teeth.”

I think, No, it isn’t just
that.


“Is that all there is?”, by Shelle Kennedy
In my head, her expression mirrors that of the speaker thinking the last line.


- inspired by this Magical Mystical Teacher’s poem: “fingers framed by light / clutching an old rosary / carved of human bone”. I kept wondering about the bones that made the rosary. Were they finger bones? Maybe toe bones? My beloved muse decided they were tooth fairy teeth. And who am I to argue? *cough… cough*
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- for Poets and Storytellers United (Weekly Scribblings #42: About Those Bones…).

37 comments:

  1. Your Muse is very knowing! And your last line makes me very speculative.

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    1. Don't tell her that! I already have a hard enough time trying to shut her up and decrease the size of her head.

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  2. Tooth fairy teeth... how interesting. I did wonder what the tooth fairy wanted teeth for. I can only imagine how much more than teeth and blood the cost is.

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    1. I, too, have wondered why the tooth fairy collects teeth. I mean, what does she make with them. And more important, where those she keep them--she has so many!

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  3. Bite or Flight? No there is a quandary .... would I give up my snap and snarl for pretty wings? Perhaps not :D *chomp chomp* cws

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  4. This is so wonderfully creepy, Magaly, and ‘salty / with a girl’s blood’. The choker made of teeth made me grab my neck! But fairy wings are so tempting.

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    1. Fairy wings do sound tempting. And who knows, maybe the wings come accessorized with a magic wand. A wand that could restore teeth--so a girl can have her wings and chew her food,too.

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  5. Any trade that involves giving up the Self is a bad one. Beware the sly talking creatures that try to convince you its a bargain.

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  6. Nice work, MG. I've got a couple of Tooth Fairy poems I ought to share sometime. Well done!

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  7. This bit a little deeper as I was reading Know My Name this week. Teeth and voice are a steep exchange rate.

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  8. Nice opening line full of the flavour of life
    Happy Wednesday
    Thanks for dropping by to read mine

    Much❤love

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  9. Nah. Fair wings would be uncomfortable anyway.

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  10. Becoming a fairy as a career choice clearly has its ups and downs especially as she is now able to fly. I know now why fairies smile but rarely open their mouths.

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  11. Tooth fairies collect teeth to fashion them into weapons for the cobold wars.

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  12. Never ever will I give up my bite and I hope my teeth. Your twisty take on the challenge is magnificent.

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  13. The bloodthirsty fairy always wants more!

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  14. What does the tooth fairy do with the teeth?
    Little girls and boys willingly traded.
    What did they think she might do with their teeth?
    I think of a jar up on a high shelf.

    I've had dreams like this, have you? Not necessarily a tooth, another body part or a dog or cat or a toy. "Why" was the question that wakes me. Especially the tooth, it's a part of me.
    Really a good write. Magaly, a great idea for a hard writing task.
    ..

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    1. Thank you, Jim. Very interesting questions and thoughts.

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  15. Like that ending! Im too old to give up anything as precious as teeth.

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  16. ... to belong to the fairytale The price we pay - never thought of that! Very intriguing

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I love your insightful remarks. So, go ahead, let them fly…