Poetry Wednesday – January 6, 2010

6 Jan

I’ve posted this poem before on the blog.  It’s one of I think of very frequently while watching Adeline do all things new, and almost nightly while brushing her little teeth.


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.


The enjambment in this poem is marvelous, I think.  The end of many of the lines you expecting one thing, and then delivers something very different.  Sort of like parenthood or, rather, very much like parenthood.

Find more poetry at Enansolivo and feel free to link one of your favorites, too.


2 Responses to “Poetry Wednesday – January 6, 2010”

  1. Kris January 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm #

    Fantastic. A keeper for sure.

  2. Molly Sabourin January 7, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    Oooh, good one, Jennifer! Yes, yes, I love the unexpectedness of it!

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