Senior portrait 1992



April agitation
Braces face
Dental deduction
Enormous expense
Metal Mouth
Pricey pearly whites
Sparkling smile
Tinsel teeth

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 12 – Today, I’d like you to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds) and assonance (the use of repeated vowel sounds). This doesn’t mean necessarily limiting yourself to a few consonants or vowels, although it could. Even relatively restrained alliteration and assonance can help tighten a poem, with the sounds reinforcing the sense. Need some examples. Here’s Gerard Manley Hopkins showcasing alliteration and assonance on overdrive. And here is a poem with a more restrained approach from Kevin Young.

Yesterday Gretchen had her orthodontist appointment. They wanted to know why the March payment was not made. I said, because the payment in February was 24 months and it was the last one, so I was told in February when I made it. But no, apparently we are on a 30 month payment plan so there are six more months to go. Straight teeth are expensive. And of course I had to share my senior picture, because do you think Gretchen will smile for a picture? Of course not. I told her one of the conditions to get her braces removed is to smile for photographic proof. I’m not going to hold my breath.


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