The Oracle of Fallen Baby Teeth
My father kept the house in the divorce.
A few years later a new woman moved in.
One night she made lasagna.
During dinner I bit into something hard,
and discovered a tooth in my food.
Shortly after someone else found one too.
I knew these teeth.
They were my baby teeth
that my mom had saved
in a small blue pastel
with tightly fitting rubber lid,
(the kind you had to wiggle over the edges)
that sat on the top shelf
in the dark wooden cupboards
of the kitchen.
when teeth fall out,
it might indicate
that you are having trouble
holding things together.
It might suggest a lack of support.