I feel rather the same way about poems as I do paintings. There are some that I really like but in the vast scheme of things they would be a minority and, in case you are wondering, I don’t write poetry though I have written the odd limerick from time to time. My taste is extremely varied, among my favourites of the classics are The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Sea Fever by John Masefield but the best loved contemporary one by a mile is ‘I Wish I Had Looked After Me Teeth’ by Pam Ayres. Probably that one is on my mind after a visit to the dentist the other day. I still have some left, despite my father getting cross when I and my sister would not eat the crusts on our sandwiches. He used to say that we would have no teeth left by the time we were fourteen.
Fortunately he was wrong though they are getting fewer in number. Of course, that was in the days when a dentist would take one look in your mouth and say, ‘Ah gum disease, they will all have to come out and we will give you a lovely set of plastic ones! False teeth were hailed as a modern miracle, a cure-all for all teeth problems. Same way as formula baby milk was greeted rapturously, freedom to go anywhere, anytime; have baby and bottle and off you could go. Hmm, not what they are saying now though, as with many other things – save them for another time.
It was pleasing when one thinks of the words of Scripture, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’. The dentist might have taken one of mine but he did not offer me one of his in return – wouldn’t have taken it in any case! Out of necessity I had to change my dentist a few years ago when my previous one retired, changing one’s hairdresser comes nearly as close as well. My new dentist gave me some instruction about cleaning my teeth which included paying more attention to the ones right at the back. Doing regularly and thoroughly was key making them last I was told.
Makes me think of reading Scripture, the Bible tells us that we should do it all the time and take heed of what it says to us and that includes reading the commandments and keeping them. A good way to live and much better than a visit to the dentist.