baby teeth

I saw a picture of her,
laughing mouth
full of baby teeth
& another
where she bends flower stems
low enough
to reach her nose

she was five

ready to start school
in 2 weeks

until
they found her
yesterday morning

in a garbage can

under another bag
full of trash

look at her smile
again

when did that fragile
cherished flesh
become

someone else’s
garbage?

***For Bella Tennant

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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47 Responses to baby teeth

  1. Wow that’s terrible. Good tribute though.

  2. very sad! what sick mind could do this?

  3. unfetteredbs says:

    well written, beautifully painful… sorrow conveyed. masterful Susan

  4. Anne says:

    Hi Susan,
    You handle this really well without tipping over into sentimentalism – I think it makes the message all the more powerful.
    How awful and tragic, as others have said – just unbelievable.

  5. Ah, poor little mite ~ what a terrible, terrible thing … you have written this so touchingly Susan …

  6. There is nothing that anyone can say that would be adequate to convey how disgusting crime this is. I don’t honestly know how the parents and family can ever cope with such a dreadful thing happening to their own child. We live in such a sick, cruel world now and, it’s getting worse by the day instead of better. I agree, you told this with such a non judgmental calm, it makes it all the more difficult to believe the sheer madness behind it.

  7. davidtrudel says:

    Thanks Susan, for accepting that the bad things in life need to be reinterpreted by poets as well as the good.

  8. Claudia says:

    tears…this is terrible..i’m lost for words..just so glad that you gave her a voice

  9. Cara Olsen says:

    Beautiful poetry; though it breaks my heart to see how we treat what is life’s most precious miracle. Still, you conveyed the sadness of absurdity of what the human race is capable of. May we one day choose not for ourselves, but for the ones without voices to scream.

    ~ Cara

  10. mimijk says:

    Oh Susan, you offered a beautiful tribute to this little girl. This is a story that should never ever have to be told…

  11. Ian Moone says:

    it is truly tragic

  12. BroadBlogs says:

    Oh, so sad, so depressing. I hear these things and I cannot comprehend.

  13. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    *Silent response*

  14. nelle says:

    I can’t quite click like, but so well said. I just wish you wrote this as fiction. 😦

  15. Green Speck says:

    Touching … really sad !!!

  16. doncarroll says:

    sad one for sure. similiar story here in erie pa some months ago.

  17. Brilliantly said! I practically raised my youngest sister and her cutting teeth was sad ~I cried with her! 🙂

  18. So very sad, a senseless and needless death. Your tribute is so touching and my heart goes out to her Bella’s grieving family.

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