"I'm trying to quit," she said stickily
through a bite of caramel cheesecake.
My spinach salad stuck to my palate
as I answered, "You're not overweight."
"But I'll have to jog three extra miles
to burn even half of this off.
She looked so distressed, I said, "Give it a rest,"
playfully nudging my plate toward her.
How many women are still trying
to eat more romaine and iceberg?
Most charismatic are red-tip fanatics,
arugula lovers pull a close second.
Water cress, spinach, Chinese lettuce,
looseleaf, Swiss chard, radicchio, endire.
"I'll have the Thai--dressing on the side.
Can I have extra peapods on that?"
Faithfully, we chew our cud,
knowing that salad is best.
shedding the pounds by chewing a mound
of wet leaves and veggies with zest.