What is Toothpaste?

smiling-woman

Toothpaste, a concoction, chemicals-based
Or through herbal extracts
Makes our teeth whiter
Enamel stronger and dentine less
Prone to caries

It is like a shield, a protectant
To our day-to-day lives. How we hovercraft
Past using technology when we can paddle
With an oar the catamaran
With two hulls and one deck.

And toothpaste is what holds
Us together, the smile that betrays the inside
And forges bridges outside.
And there is something called
Fluoride, a little anion that has
More attraction power – to electrons – than any
Other ionized element.

Just like a smile, a fluoride smile
Fortifying the rock-terrace on your face
How we are just mongers of what
Blooms in silence, in mirth and in makeshift
Even in weather-proofing
And takes a stranger home
For some hospitality. For a cup of tea
On a cold rainy day.

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meandererworld (Dilantha Gunawardana)

Dr Dilantha Gunawardana is a molecular biologist, who graduated from the University of Melbourne. He moonlights as a poet. Dilantha wrote his first poem at the ripe age of 32 and now has more than 1700 poems on his blog. His poems have been accepted/published in Forage, Kitaab, Eastlit, American Journal of Poetry and Ravens Perch, among others. He was also awarded the prize for "The emerging writer of the year - 2016" in the Godage National Literary Awards, Sri Lanka for his first collection of poems (Kite Dreams – A Sarasavi Publication), while being shortlisted for the poetry prize. Dilantha is a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Australia, and shares his experiences from two different cultures. He blogs at - https://meandererworld. wordpress.com/

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