Wondering What They Are Up To
by Mario Milosevic
I guess I can accept the idea
that a fairy takes your baby teeth
and leaves you some coins
as fair trade.
But what I want to know
is what does she do with those teeth?
Does she make jewelry from them?
Macabre earrings, say, or lumpy necklaces
which she then sells at Saturday Market?
Or does she crush them
into a fine calcium powder
to help push away
the pixie version of osteoporosis?
Or maybe she fashions tiny dice
from all those canines and bicuspids
to use on casino night at the enchanted meadow.
This whole disturbing business
of trafficking in body parts,
well, it just troubles me a little,
thinking how the young
are made unwitting partners
to strange practices
they are not equipped to understand.