Tuesday, September 23, 2014

DMC: "Dr. Plover, DDS" by M. H. Barnes

Dr. Plover, DDS

open wide:
it’s check up time!
I’ll come inside
to see if you have
tooth decay—
bits of flesh
I’ll eat away.
It seems you haven’t
flossed of late.
That’s good news—
you’re doing great!
Okay, my friend,
they’re good to crunch.
See you next time—
thanks for lunch!

© 2014 Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. All rights reserved.

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  1. My favorite symbiotic relationship, Michelle, and this line "they’re good to crunch." (Thanks to Dr. Plover!) Wonderful authoritative voice!

    1. Thanks so much, Linda, and even more so for suggesting on FB that it could be used as a mentor text. You made my day!

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. It took me a long time to figure out how to approach this challenge, but once I found Dr. Plover, he pretty much took over. :)

  3. This is a delightful poem Thanks!

  4. I wonder how the first plover to do that got the idea? "I'll go up to this crocodile and stick my head in her mouth and see how it goes!"
    Charming poem, Michelle!

    1. Ha! So true, Tabatha... there must be an Aesop's fable about it somewhere.

  5. If only my dentist would praise me for not flossing! Dr. Plover has a great bedside, uh, I mean, mouth-inside manner. Nice job, Michelle!