Her Teeth Live On

Mom's TeethHer Teeth Live On

She is gone but her false teeth live on. So do her stories and words of wisdom. Her butterfly pink lipsticks would lay on her mirror tray along with a matching bold fabric dahlia. They have become shadows, having lost their color but not their meaning. The dahlia bloom lives with me now, stuffed in a bag with her obituary and list of friends. Her teeth reside with my one younger sister. Mom was a lady, a funny woman, a good soul, and someone who tried to keep her natural teeth for as long as she could, but failed.

[Haiku option 1]

Pink mirage reflects
Drops in a pool of goodbyes
Breaking laughter wide

[Haiku option 2]

Morning wake up call
Teeth in a cereal bowl
Biting down on life

— by Ava Hypatia


Prompt: A Haibun prompt at d’Verse Poets today, with a requirement of using “shadow” made me dig up this poem I wrote and add the word appropriately.  Since I had to follow constraints, as you can see, I broke a few.  The pic is actually one my sister took for this true story. You all don’t know my Mom, but she was a riot — A teacher, a piano-player, a good friend to many.  She passed away recently, but continues to inspire me.  See this other poem about my Mom if you are interested: Mom’s Itchy Skin.

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11 Responses to Her Teeth Live On

  1. kanzensakura says:

    What a beautiful testament to your mom. I am sorry about your loss but so glad you have these wonderful memories of her.


  2. Sabio Lantz says:

    What a funny lady, and a fun daughter who can unabashedly lovingly embrace her Mom in such an obvious earthy way. I hope to leave much humor for others to enjoy, even at my expense, as long as I know they loved me in my complexities. Well penned, Madame! Oh, and damn good pic. Thanx for the smile today.


  3. Nice eulogy. I like Haiku 2.


  4. Ava Hypatia says:

    My hope is that everyone who comes across this picture guffaws loudly, and ends up with a huge smile on their face, to start or end their day. No condolences needed. Please let me know which haiku is your favorite to match up with the picture.

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  5. frankhubeny says:

    Nice description of the things you have as memories of your mother as shadows having lost their color but not their meaning.


  6. frankhubeny says:

    I liked the second haiku best and the picture your sister took.


  7. Singledust says:

    you have framed her and her memories so lovingly in this haibun and your two haikus such gems of contemplation. so beautiful to read a child’s love for a parent, hopefully my kids write about me like this one day


  8. Grace says:

    I love the photo, tribute to your mom and haiku no.1 ~ No many can be so forthright about someone’s false teeth, but clearly the love is all over ~


  9. This is a wonderful tribute, for me both haiku works – the image is excellent


  10. Lynn says:

    The photo made me giggle! She lives on in your memories and through your pen.


  11. Lynn says:

    Forgot to add that I love both of the haikus.


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