October 2005 / Volume Six / Issue Five
Amanda Chiado
A good first omission

(Omission: the dead baby. 
my stealing strategies,
not to mention  the collections
my obsession with olives
and yes,  (omission: Martinis)  

i won’t say–

i am not fond of duck pate. 
i will zip in my gut and paint
my toenails, i won’t smoke
not to mention (omission: a joint)
tonight is one for sesame crackers

and caviar.  compliments fold into napkin swans
of --------------- not to mention

tomorrow I will purge all of the unsaid)