Adeline Foster

(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

~Apples


'Children brush your teeth, ' they said.
We brushed till they rattled in our head.
Back and forth and forth and back
Till a dentist said, 'No not like that!
Up and down and down and up,
Then rinse your toothbrush in a cup.'
We all know that it can't be done,
But no one said so, nary a one.
So we brushed the front teeth up and down.
Then brushed the back ones 'round and 'round,
And no one mentioned the way we'd found
For no one saw the brush go round.

Then along came a dentist with some floss;
Said, 'Everyone's teeth should have a gloss.
And this is the way that you should do.'
So Mommy dear and Daddy too,
Said, 'Pay attention and you pay heed.'
While Gramma said, 'Apples are all they need.'
Apples! Why Grammas sure know best.
We were confused by all the rest.
Out to the store we'll gladly rush,
And if they still want us to brush
Why don't they put apples in the paste?
It sure would improve the taste.

Submitted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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  • Sina Farajzadeh (7/6/2014 11:24:00 AM)

    Hehe. Hi. It is a nice poem. An apple a day keeps the doctor (dentist in this case) away! Well I live in Iran, Urmia city (North West of Iran) which is famous for its apples and grapes. We have a garden of apple and I like this fruit. Thanks for this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Sheri Brown (6/7/2014 4:30:00 PM)

    I love this well written beauty, it's something about wisdom it out smart anything they may come up with just good ole fashion gut smarts this piece reveals that Grandmas know best. I love the flow of your gem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray (5/18/2014 4:00:00 AM)

    Lovely poem which you have written here based on your childhood memories.Truly, the techniques of brushing tooth has been altogether same for all children of the world and which is never the way the Dentist want us do the things rightly. lol. Apples would surely taste better if would come with the paste, I agree. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Feldman (5/17/2014 10:27:00 PM)

    Melodious brushing up and down,
    Swish, swashing, going round and round

    Extremely original and humorous piece, very imaginative.

    Well done,
    Good job
    Hip, hip, horay!
    Gave us a smile,
    Be well, we pray. (Report) Reply

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