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(30th January 1973 / Kent, England)

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Pop Fairy

When my daughter was six,
she swallowed a tooth
At first, she wasn't aware
But then as her tongue
found the hole in her gum,
she realised her tooth wasn't there!

Now, my girl had her eye
on a toy in a shop
and she knew that the tooth fairy paid.
She guessed teeth might get her
a few pound a pop
so she cried when her tooth got 'mislaid'

She thought that her chance
of getting some cash
were lost when her tooth got ingested
The tooth fairy surely
required some proof
before she paid up and invested

I settled her mind
and came up with a plan..
Write a letter, that's what she should do
Asking the fairy
to wait a few days
when the tooth would get flushed down the loo.

I told her that fairies
who didn't work hard
and hadn't achieved their full quota
were usually also
the ones that were sent
to retrieve a lost tooth from a floater

The note that she wrote
said how sorry she was
and asked if there was any chance
of coming back later
when nature had called
but getting the pay in advance

When all that was done
she got ready for bed
and hoped that her note would be found
So happy was she
when the morning arrived
The tooth fairy had left her 2 pound

Submitted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Edited: Thursday, October 03, 2013


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  • Sandy Player (4/20/2013 12:11:00 PM)

    The rhythm bounces like the resilience and freedom of just being young. I am glad that this reminded me of the small years.

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  • John Brown (4/18/2013 6:54:00 AM)

    Brilliant Stevie - my kind of poem. The fifth verse cracked me up. The poem is similar (but better) to one of my own, called 'Sam's Ring'

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