Petra the pear was feeling poorly
She didn’t know quite what to do
Not only was she putting some weight on
But she was suffering from toothache too!
She had started to let her self go a bit
Indulging in too many treats
The sugary snacks made her teeth hurt
Causing trouble whenever she eats!
For too many years she’d been smoking
Which caused her teeth to go brown
Her gums receding and bleeding
It was time to turn things around.
She wanted her life to be fruitful
And continue her family tree
But she had to make sure she was healthy
And in the best shape she could be
First stop was to the doctors
To get help with giving up smoking
The harm it was causing her body
Was both sobering and thought-provoking
As if heart disease and strokes weren’t enough
It could cause breathing problems as well
Tooth loss, fertility problems and cancer
Not to mention the horrible smell
She decided to go for the patches
And started the very next day
She found that her nicotine cravings
Were slowly melting away.
Next stop was to the dentists
To see if something could brighten her smile
Because her teeth were so neglected
It was going to take a little while
It was not just about brushing and flossing
That Petra had neglected to do
But her sugary addiction
Had helped in her tooth decay too
The dentist took some impressions
And gave Petra’s mouth a good clean
She was advised not just to clean the outside
But all around, underneath and between.
It was too late for poor Pedra
To save some of the teeth that she had
She had to make some appointments
To remove the ones that were bad
Several months later and Pedra is glowing
Her smile now so fresh and so bright
She cleans her teeth like an expert
Even the ones she takes out at night!
Poem by Judy E. Martin
fruit sculpture and photos by Sandra Dorey
Here we are with another health related Silly Saturday. You might know that Judy, as well as being a hugely talented poet and writer, is also a nurse.
Following a great suggestion from Noelle last week to send Tom the Toothless Tomato to the Institute of Dentistry, we are thinking about coming up with more health related pictures and poems (not all about teeth!) accompanied by fruit, flower or shell assemblages – any ideas?
If you would like to read more of Judy’s work, a humorous twist on life, the world and everything go to her website, where you can also find a link to her book, Rhymes of the Times.
Have a fun Silly Saturday!