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Baby Teeth This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

I try swishing some salt water
To heal the mess
From a tooth pulled too soon.
I try to stop the blood flooding my mouth
Try to stop feeling around for what
isn't there
Try to close the metallic tasting,
red-hot wound
Formed by frustration and a molar.
An attempt to eat my favorite food
Ends with disappointment and discomfort
And I think I'd do anything to get that
same tooth back again.
I try to resist the urge to bite down –
The tenderness is unbearable.
But in my daydreaming for baby teeth,
I realize that my future lies with the
new ones;
Something more mature and stable will gradually come.
So I succumb to the urge to feel for what
isn't there,
And I am delighted to discover
The ridges and the peaks,
The promise of an adult tooth.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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TheSkyOwesMeRainThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 8, 2013 at 11:07 pm:
Great metaphor with the teeth-pulling and relationships! I never even realized the similarities between the two before. Congrats on getting published :)
 
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Lexi D. said...
Dec. 1, 2012 at 11:01 am:
not a fan of poems, but i really enjoyed this one!
 
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jetta.bugThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 25, 2012 at 11:39 am:
I love this poem!!! It's just a huge metaphor! I went through every line and compared it to a hard breakup/relationship; it all fits SO well! WOW! Great job!
 
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LinkinPark12 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 25, 2012 at 8:31 am:
This is really nice :) The whole poem is like a metaphor :D Love it! 5 stars!
 
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