A Meal of Herself

by John Grey

The woman at the next table
is eating meatballs with linguini.
She’s attractive,
but long strands of pasta,
dollops of sauce,
are the great equalizer.

There’s a blob of red
on her pert nose,
a couple of spots
like instant freckles
on her cheeks.

Even that sensuous mouth
is more like a gag reel
than a launching pad
for kisses,
as she tries to slurp
a long, uncooperative
shoelace lookalike
back into her good graces.

Her companion laughs
and so does she.
Her beauty is restored.
A sense of humor
is a napkin twice over.

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