A Veneer Of Respectability

27 Jun
Lovely eggs

Lovely eggs (Photo credit: zhouxuan12345678)

So I was eating a soft-boiled egg yesterday when I felt a tooth fall off. I’ve eaten nothing but soft food for 48 hours, in a bid to keep the tooth in place.  That worked.  Not.

It wasn’t a tooth, thankfully; it was the veneer of the tooth which snapped off on Monday.  The new cement the dentist used has kept the actual tooth in place.  

The veneer must have been a little loose: it has a mind of its own and has made a bid for freedom at least three times before.  The veneer on the right front tooth is more of a homebody and likes to stay stuck to my inside.  Like my children, one gives me many problems; one none at all (they’re going to read this and assume the good one is the reader and the troubled one is the other; my boys will probably do the same).

Do yourself a favour – never get veneers.  Looking back on it, shaving off half my tooth to make it look better is probably not a great idea.  I suspect that has contributed to the whole tooth-snapping-off-in-a-corn-on-the-cob thing.

My dentist’s receptionist squeezed me in again and my dentist used the new cement which has kept the tooth in place to fix the veneer; and promised to squeeze me in once more if she gets a cancellation before my crown appointment.  My dentist and her staff are great.

I wrote a poem for them, a fluffy Thank You.  I did think about taking them some chocolates but that’s what got me into trouble in the first place.  Here’s the poem:


Corn On The Cob

For Alison & Stephanie

Corn on the cob
attacked me gob

Me tooth snapped off
which made me sob

No duck apple
for me to bob

Me mouth was robbed
by corn on the cob



It had its first airing on Tuesday, at the poetry reading.  Socially Yours is a group which meets every Tuesday in our church, though it is run by an outside agency. It’s a chance to chat, play quizzes and bingo, socialise.  Sometimes they have a guest to entertain them…that was me.

I read in two halves: first, from ancient to modern, like the hymns; and then some of my own poems.  I had fun, though I couldn’t feel my tongue by the time I had finished, my mouth was so dry from nerves: fidgety old ladies are a tough audience.

Talking of poems, here’s something to really make me smile: I’ve just had an email to say that one of my South African poems has been accepted for an anthology by the University of London, on human rights.

Here’s their blurb: 

We are looking for poems that focus on any human rights or social justice issue, national or international, current or historical.  Poems could explore refugee rights, freedom of speech, indigenous peoples’ rights, LGBTI rights, economic rights or environmental justice – the opportunities are endless! 

The Human Rights Consortium is a multidisciplinary collaborative centre for research into human rights and social justice issues. For inspiration, please visit our current project pages (see sidebar). You can follow the Human Rights Consortium on Twitter or like us on Facebook to receive project-related news and updates about human rights. 

The Human Rights Poetry Anthology will be selected, compiled and edited by academics with expertise in human rights and English studies from the School of Advanced Study (University of London); and the Keats House Poets, a collective of young poets supported by the Keats House Museum who actively write and perform poems about human rights issues.

They sound like a barrel of tooth veneers, don’t they? 

We will stick together..smile together..be tog...

We will stick together..smile together..be together… (Photo credit: Thai Jasmine (Smile..smile…Smile..))

29 Responses to “A Veneer Of Respectability”

  1. mairedubhtx June 27, 2013 at 14:33 #

    You are having the worst luck with teeth lately.


  2. http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com June 27, 2013 at 14:42 #

    Bad luck with the teeth. Cogratulations for the poem acceptance.


  3. SchmidleysScribbling June 27, 2013 at 15:07 #

    Yes congratulations on the poem acceptance. Gosh, I am glad I never had my teeth veneered. Also, I understand lazer surgery is coming back to bite a few folks. Imagine your eye ball losing its veneer? Dianne


  4. slpmartin June 27, 2013 at 15:17 #

    My…your teeth are creating an array of problems for you…you don’t think those maltesers have contributed to your dental problems do you…hmm I dare say you dentist wouldn’t have the nerve to make that suggestion to you…nor would I if we didn’t have this ocean between us. 🙂


  5. Terry June 27, 2013 at 15:52 #

    that must have been one hard, soft boiled egg!!!!!! glad you got right in for repair


  6. Colonialist June 27, 2013 at 16:41 #

    You have a rights issue on your shares? No, you are sharing the issue of rights. In a poem.


  7. laurieanichols June 27, 2013 at 17:34 #

    I’m sorry that you are having such troubles with your teeth. 😦 I hope that after the crown is squared away all of your teeth will give you a rest. 🙂 On the bright side you are having the best of news with your poetry :D. Bad luck with teeth and great luck with your poems.


    • The Laughing Housewife June 27, 2013 at 18:34 #

      Lucky in submissions; unlucky in gums 🙂


      • laurieanichols June 27, 2013 at 19:05 #

        I was thinking or wondering would the reverse be worse? Lucky with gums and unlucky in submissions, I am on the fence with this one, perhaps because I don’t have many issues with my teeth, a few but nothing major as of yet and I have not submitted anything to be published so I don’t know but I was still wondering.


  8. Janie Jones June 27, 2013 at 17:39 #

    Bummer about the tooth problems, but congrats on the poem!


  9. kiwidutch June 27, 2013 at 18:50 #

    I lost half a molar tooth in Singapore 15 years ago whilst eating pineapple so I know how you feel… one long repair job later (implant) dentist said some people have stronger teeth than other and I’m not one of the lucky ones.
    I think you are in the same tooth club as I am…. annoying isn’t it?


  10. Grannymar June 27, 2013 at 18:56 #

    Congratulations for the poem acceptance. Thankfully the teeth are not involved in writing, only in providing inspiration!


  11. adinparadise June 27, 2013 at 19:38 #

    Love the poem. It made me laugh. 🙂 Hope your teeth behave themselves from now on.


  12. gigihawaii June 28, 2013 at 12:18 #

    That’s too bad about the veneer. Better luck with the crown. And congrats about the poem.


  13. jmgoyder June 28, 2013 at 12:27 #

    My toothless hero!


  14. Al June 28, 2013 at 16:07 #

    You could always give up Maltesers…..or teeth.


  15. Gobetween June 29, 2013 at 21:11 #

    I feel for you and agree. My brother has the same problem they do not have enough support. When I had my front tooth done when I was still a teenager the dentist put a thick steel pin in the centre. Looks horrible on x-rays but is very strong. My office mate was chomping dried wors this week and the next moment she looks up and her front tooth is missing, she grabs the financial managers nail glue and sticks her tooth back in, I collapsed with laughter 🙂 real funny to see.


    • The Laughing Housewife June 29, 2013 at 23:11 #

      😀 😀 😀

      I’m getting one of those pins, I believe. Good to know they work.


      • Gobetween June 30, 2013 at 10:01 #

        I recommend that you do, although I am not brave enough to look at it. My dentist always says “this is a masterpiece and you don’t want to look at it?” All I want to do is escape his rooms and find a chunk of chocolate to chew on 🙂


  16. Three Well Beings July 1, 2013 at 05:44 #

    Congratulations on being included in this excellent anthology! No veneer here–it’s a great honor. I do hope the dentistry issues stay in place–quite literally. 🙂


I welcome your comments but be warned: I'm menopausal and as likely to snarl as smile. Wine or Maltesers are an acceptable bribe; or a compliment about my youthful looks and cheery disposition will do in a pinch.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: