looks at the old man talking to me
and asks sotto voce
am i going to have teeth like that?
i say no
but think about the other answers
that’s why you should always brush your teeth!
pragmatic–there are no guarantees, but let’s hope not dear…
agnostic–I don’t know, dear
metaphysical–every tooth, like every snowflake, blade
but the Absolute is undifferentiated
the author and finisher
of all teeth