Srinivasa Rao Sambangi (India)

a child shows
the missing tooth

Comment: an interesting ku focused on the ‘missing tooth’ in line 3, which can either refer to the young reader –who lost one of his/her milk teeth– or to one of the dinosaurs depicted in the book, which died sixty-six million years ago. The child ‘shows’ the tooth, seemingly opening the mouth just like the jaws of the animal, pointing at it with the little finger.
According to this reading, the Mesozoic era and modern times share a brief moment of the present, emphasizing the cycle of life and its fleeting passage in this world.
Side note: the musicality of the word ‘dinosaurium’ in the opening line is quite unusual, yet definitely effective.

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