Daniel Trevelyn Joseph

Rookie - 2 Points (21 December 1945 / Mumbai, India)

Today's Commandment - Poem by Daniel Trevelyn Joseph

She is feeding dogs below
I am going out for morning walk
She tells me, 'Forgot to wear dentures:
Keep yourself quiet and dont talk'.

I have two pieces one upper palate
And another for lower: stopped
Using upper till dentist
Insisted I wear it, lest I become Dracula!

I go to sleep without removing
Mostly, though I clean and gargle
But wear them back when I go
To bed and sleep comfortably.

Advised by wife, this morning I walk
Quietly and in any case apart
From wishing one or two whom I know
I dont know people to show gap of dentures.

Sometimes I put them in warm water
With a big, white tablet Fitty Dent
Which dissolves quickly to become
Blue foamy solution, cleaning dentures.

In the morning I wash them
And wear after brushing teeth
With Strong Teeth paste of Colgate
And then begin the day.

It means I go to kitchen
And make coffee for us
Using milk and nescafe
On the hob, is that the word?

She is concerned and she heeps track -
Knows husband in and out: and now old
May not look after himself, she thinks:
Does not want others to see my gaps.

I recall her instructions now and then
And ensure to keep myself silent
Walk briskly, watching the leaves and the sky
And do not allow others to see my yawning lapse.

Yet the feeling is of suppressiong and monitoring
Even when venturing into incense-breathing morn
I cannot open my mouth but only my eyes
Because my wife has said so! Lipsealed! !

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Poem Submitted: Monday, December 5, 2011

Poem Edited: Monday, December 5, 2011

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