Why Do Tooth Fairies Need So Many Teeth?

There’s a question that puzzles all those under ten,

Quite intrigued, kids keep asking again and again

Why the tooth fairies need so many teeth

The number they take really beggars belief.

 

Most parents say: ‘To build ivory towers’,

But that’s not the half of it – they use special powers

To turn your teeth into some wonderful things,

And some more mundane – like a hook for their wings.

 

In the land of the fairies, teeth are put to good uses,

The best hollowed out as large punch bowls for ‘juices’,

The whitest cut up to make keys for pianos,

The blackest make muzzles for angrier sparrows.

 

(Just to explain, in case you didn’t know,

Fairies use sparrows like horses and go

Everywhere sat on the back of a bird,

Now the muzzle thing hopefully seems less absurd?)

 

Fairies collect teeth of all sizes and shapes,

And carry them in rucksacks so no tooth escapes,

They collect them from children and animals too,

They get a bit scared getting teeth from the zoo…

 

So what else to do they do with the teeth you might ask.

Each tooth is predestined for its own special task:

Like vases for flowers, or umbrella handles,

Tiny phone handsets or holders for candles.

 

They use them to make tiny knives and forks too,

And miniature skateboards and shovels for poo,

And bookmarks and ovens and jewellery as well,

And combs and toothbrushes and wellies and bells.

 

As you are probably starting to see,

Not a lot’sΒ not made from teeth by fairies,

And as they look out of their ivory towers

(They frequently do so for hours and hours)

 

Their whole world is gleaming and shiny and white,

To keep it that way please brush morning and night.

Why does the tooth fairy need so many teeth? A poem by Pooky

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47 Responses to Why Do Tooth Fairies Need So Many Teeth?

  1. Maggie says:

    Sweet. Thank you so much for following my blog. I will be pleased to have more of a look around yours when my computer starts behaving again : )

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    • PookyH says:

      I look forward to immersing myself in yours too! Thanks for coming by and commenting. I hope your computer is behaving itself again soon. I couldn’t live without mine!

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  2. bloodnshadow says:

    I love it. This is between a little “messed up” and “cuddly” beautiful. πŸ™‚

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    • PookyH says:

      ha ha! I think I get to take that as a compliment?? I think that ‘between a little messed up and cuddly should be my new tagline πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by x

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      • bloodnshadow says:

        It is a compliment! You write really good! I think all writers/poets have a little dark in them. I love the contrast. I hope to keep on reading more of your poems. πŸ™‚

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      • PookyH says:

        I have only been writing for a couple of weeks but it seems that I either write stuff that is totally daft and frivolous or really dark and depressing…. I’m waiting for the day I feel inspired to write about flowers or a view or something.

        I look forward to following your blog too. First impressions are great.

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      • bloodnshadow says:

        My kind of style. Right now I’m grocery shopping but when I get home I’ll read more of your poetry. You won me at “I’m waiting for the day I feel inspired to write about flowers or a view or something”… Lol! I love that line! πŸ™‚ You’re right! First impressions are great!

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      • PookyH says:

        Ha ha! I feel we will get on. Enjoy your shopping (as if – I get mine delivered to minimise the pain) and catch up with you again soon. I’m off to bed – it’s fast approaching 11pm in the UK and I got about 4 hours sleep last night. Speak soon – and keep your eyes peeled for views and flowers and stuff x

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      • bloodnshadow says:

        πŸ˜€ okay! Of course we will! Good night or good morning if ur reading this the next day.

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      • PookyH says:

        Good night it is… I’m still here – it usually takes me about three hours from the point of ‘definitely going to bed now’ to actually going to bed – and another couple to get to sleep. *sigh*

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      • bloodnshadow says:

        Hahaha! Here in the US, Houston is 5 pm. I’m originally from Puerto Rico, but life there sucked so I decided to move in with a friend, who saved me from my pending doom back in the island. πŸ™‚

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      • PookyH says:

        That sounds like a friend and a half. I did something similar for a friend once, except it was to save him from life in Basingstoke which is somewhat less exotic – and despite using my home as his address he took my urging to ‘sow his seed’ (he’d been with the same girl since we were at school and she’d cheated on him) a little too much to heart and spent most nights at random women’s places. Fun times (actually it really was, there weren’t half some hilarious stories!)

        How long have you been in Houston?

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      • bloodnshadow says:

        Omg! That guy somewhat like me. My ex wife did the same. And yes, my friend is a friend and a half. I’ve been three months here. I miss my children though. A case of political corruption coming from the government. That happens when the law is crooked. They took all my rights as a father and a human being just because. Yeah, that’s one of my many stories. πŸ˜€

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      • PookyH says:

        Oh wow, that story sounds a lot more complicated than I expected and I’m sorry that you’re parted from your children. Just the thought makes my stomach tighten. Is there a way forward or are you just taking each day as it comes?

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      • bloodnshadow says:

        Well I can’t go back to my country and I speak to them twice every week. Their mother was the one who fixed all this situation against me. My lawyer figured out there was things wrong with my case but he was too afraid to fight the judge and the legal agencies. So… Anyways I’m “happy” here and writing is my therapy.

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      • PookyH says:

        I’m glad you still have contact with your kids – but what an amazingly difficult compromise to have to make. I want to say ‘I hope it all works out’ but it sounds like that’s not too likely but that you’re working hard to make a new normal which is a good thing.

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      • bloodnshadow says:

        Yep. Just like girl-friend says “this is a new beginning” πŸ™‚ Thanks for listening to me.

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      • PookyH says:

        No worries – she sounds like a keeper πŸ™‚ Take care. I really am going to bed now! xxxx

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      • bloodnshadow says:

        Yes she is! You too take care! Good night! Xxxx

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  3. JunkChuck says:

    I bet you could get interest for a kids’ book based on this. Know any artist/illustrators?

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    • PookyH says:

      Thank you – that’s (too!) kind – I can’t think of anything nicer but sadly I can’t draw and I’m stumped to think of anyone I know who does… I don’t suppose you do?

      The one I would really like to see illustrated is ‘A Dragon Named Paul’ – I can’t quite imagine what he and his merry crew look like but would love to see someone’s interpretation….

      https://pookypoetry.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/a-dragon-named-paul/

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      • I too would love to see ‘A Dragon Named Paul’ as an illustrated book. Maybe if, when you have time, you contact a publisher of children’s books, they may be able to put you in touch with an illustrator.
        Pook, I honestly believe some of your poems have a future in the world of childhood literature. Maybe for now keep writing, gather a body of work and when you’re ready search for an illustrator. I realise your life is full at present, but I would love to see your work in book form.

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      • PookyH says:

        Thanks Tricia – you are all far too nice though. My harshest critics are children (I revised a verse of the dragon poem due to feedback from a friend’s five year old πŸ˜‰

        I can’t think of anything nicer than creating words that inspired children to read or be read to though so I will certainly let the thought get comfortable at the back of my mind…

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      • Everything needs editing eventually, children can be wonderful editing assistants. πŸ™‚ Also the first thing most publishers do is either ask you to rewrite or assign you an editor. Here’s me encouraging you to publish when I continually resist the suggestion myself. Friends, and the psychologists I sometimes work with, keep encouraging me to put some of my work together in book form for the chronically ill and bereaved. I don’t have a busy life but I do have very low energy levels. I write because I must, I’ve done it all my life. Ultimately I write for me.
        I sense I’m getting into waffle mode. Sleep well my new blogging friend. xo

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      • PookyH says:

        I just assumed you had already published some of your work. In which case I join those who urge it…

        Editors are wonderful folk. I’ve written a little book about eating disorders and contributed to several others and each time I’ve been amazed at the editor’s ability to keep my voice but improve my words hugely – generally with minor changes.

        Everything I’ve ever had published from magazine articles to my little book were all in response to being asked to write. The idea of writing something only for it to be repeatedly rejected terrifies me, especially when it’s something more personal?

        I think it would be wonderful if you were able to find a way to ensure your beautiful words could be used to inspire, comfort and console others in similar situations – do you think your writing would change if you were writing for others and not just for you?

        Sleep… Yes, I must try (I can’t 😦 ) it’s midnight and my carriage will turn into a pumpkin.

        Have a great day and keep writing.

        Xx

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      • I’ve had a few poems published in various books but not a body of my work. One publication was so special to me that I framed the cheque instead of banking it. I’ll tell you the tale another time because it must be very late in Pookyland. ‘Nite ‘nite. x

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      • PookyH says:

        Oh wow! I must know that story. But you’re right. I should hear it another day as it’s after midnight.

        Xxx

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  4. Love the flow of this one, it has a Dr Seuss rhythm to it. It’s wonderfully silly and imaginative, just the way childrens poetry should be. In my home if a story had the word bum or poo in it, it was a winner. A favourite was the Spike Milligan story, Fluffy Bum the Cat. Oh I do enjoy theses poems. The child in me is still alive and well. Thanks for making me giggle and grin. xx

    (An editing question – the third line of the first stanza has the word ‘need’ typed twice, just wondered if it was deliberate. If so please ignore Mrs Sticking Her Nose In)

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    • PookyH says:

      First of all – thank you for pointing out the typo. I’m a bit of a klutz and a lazy editor so it’s hugely appreciated!

      I’m glad this made you smile. It was, of course, inspired by a question from one of my girls during story time this evening. I shall also one day need to write about my rage at the fact teeth fall out at all after we go through so much blood sweat and tears whilst our babies grow them in the first place!

      I ADORE Dr Seuss. We have a huge compendium of little Dr Seuss books which are given the girls as treats when they’ve been very good. I find myself willing them to be good simply so we can read more of them together!

      Oh and poo…. yes… I did that specifically with the girls in mind. You’ve got to know your audience and all that πŸ˜‰

      I don’t know Fluffy Bum the cat, I shall look it up. It sounds marvellous! xxx

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  5. Cubby says:

    Love all the different ways tooth fairies use teeth! What an enchanting read. Love it. πŸ™‚

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  6. lulupoetrycorner says:

    Loved all the uses:) I have begun collecting cute reads for my grandson….definitely cute!

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  7. Love it Pooky! You have a great imagination and a very clever way of expressing it! It seems like you e been writing for ages! Xx

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    • PookyH says:

      Thank you – I’m starting to think in rhyme now! I have decided not to worry about the fact my poems are childish (even the grown up ones) and just enjoy it. It is after all just a bit of fun…

      How are you doing today? DId you have a good weekend?

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  8. I think you have the right attitude. We are here to enjoy writing; if it becomes a chore then what’s the point?!

    Im ok thanks, had a quiet pleasant weekend and a skype with family in Ireland. 3 grandchildren over there! Hope you had a good one too. πŸ™‚ xx

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  9. 12 months, almost 3 and 4! Xx

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  10. Two more here in England who are 11 weeks and 3!! Xx

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  11. They keep us young! Xx

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  13. Lee Roy says:

    Have you made a book of these?
    You really should! πŸ™‚

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