John Zedolik

The Fundamentals

Those minerals erupting
from maxillae and mandibles

show our roots to the hard
earth that will not yield

to soft circumstance if it
can manage—like these choppers

and mashers above and under
food for more than just thought

that often bites back
with acid or crunch

etching the enamel
or cracking the crown

so requiring repair
to those bone-cousins

of calcium and other rocky
concerns not so resilient

as these cakes and crackers
springing back into the maw

as they must if the mouth and
all behind maintain that line,

bowstring-taut to that bedrock
from which ridge and flesh burst.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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