The dentist said
they are a “sometimes” treat
along with fruit snacks
and all other sugar-filled bits
And “no”
does happen
to be your favorite current word
but not when it’s directed back at you
So let the dentist deny them
if he thinks that is best
for the half hour he spends 
on your mouth twice a calendar
Your crinkled up face
soured by tears
is too much, today
to deny your favorite pleasure