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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

tupperwear container

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.


In dreams,

when teeth fall out,

it might indicate

that you are having trouble

holding things together.

It might suggest a lack of support.

Jennifer Lothrigel