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When I go out to dinner, I do not want to share. I don’t care what is on your plate; I don’t want to compare. I scan the menu up and down And then make my selection. When it arrives, it’s meant for me And not for your inspection. “You want to taste my fish?” I’m asked. Some people never learn; For then the expectation is To taste mine in return. And so the answer’s always No! Yet comments never cease. “Your fries look really good!” They are, So let me eat in peace! Each morsel on my dish is mine And I intend to finish. Perhaps my attitude will make Your thoughts of me diminish. I’m sorry if that is the case – Dessert I’ll split just fine; But when the meal’s delivered – You eat yours and I’ll eat mine!

Copyright © | Year Posted 2012

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Date: 12/15/2019 2:29:00 PM
This should be a Readers' Digest classic! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 11/7/2017 6:31:00 PM
Sharing or not this is an excellent poem!!! Another FAV for me.........Pat
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Date: 6/3/2016 12:23:00 AM
Ilene, I like your approach to poetry.
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Date: 3/18/2015 10:24:00 PM
I totally relate to this excellent piece Ilene. I am always telling my kids if they want what I have on my plate I will order it for them, but stop reaching across the table with a fork, often without asking, for some of mine! I tell them that it is rude behavior. Great write! 7
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Date: 10/31/2014 11:22:00 AM
Gave it top billing, Ilene. What a picture you painted in my mind, as I read this poem. Great composition! I love your natural way of rhyming, very smooth!
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Date: 5/7/2012 3:08:00 AM
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Date: 4/22/2012 3:22:00 PM
Well done. I enjoyed the uncommon theme, the forward motion that leads to a solid conclusion, and the apt, non-trite rhymes. The audience can feel the exasperation and sympathizes with it; the rhyme structure gives it a whimsical and enjoyable feel, lightening the mood somewhat.
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Date: 4/19/2012 4:00:00 PM
Ilene, dts stern! Sounds like u'r looking for someone who dares to come close. Ur rhyme and the careful arrangement of ur words bring one closer to ur splendour...
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Date: 4/19/2012 2:01:00 PM
Hey Ilene, This was a great poem! I thoroughly enjoyed it ...Samia
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Date: 4/18/2012 6:58:00 PM
Quite an incredible write ilene.. Brought a smile to my face throughout.. Congratulations !!!!
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Date: 4/17/2012 1:39:00 PM
Ilene - this so made me smile and has gone straight into my favs, many congrats on your well deserved feature this week - rgds Janette
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Date: 4/17/2012 5:45:00 AM
Congratulations on your poetry being featured this week Ilene. Love, Carol
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Date: 4/16/2012 11:25:00 AM
Hi Ilene-Love this.Great fun.Love the rhythm too just trips on the tongue.I wouldn't be bothered about the chips and I never eat the batter.But lay off my dessert especially if it's chocolate.MINE all MINE!!!!!Congrats for making the feature page and thanx for giving me a smile.The world needs a laugh. Love June(Sylvia)
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Date: 4/11/2012 9:31:00 AM
Touch my food with your fork. I do not share especially your germies.
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Date: 4/10/2012 7:12:00 PM
Hi Ilene - Fun! Enjoyed reading this one, too. - Gail
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Date: 4/10/2012 6:46:00 AM
You tell 'em pie face, you've goth the crust. I feel that way too, forks going across the table isn't my idea of a good time!
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Date: 4/9/2012 5:36:00 PM
Yes some never learn! A funny write, Ilene. I'm like you, I don't mind sharing dessert. I guess with the main dish, it depends on how hungry I am! Thanks for the laugh tonight. Blessings, Rhonda
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Date: 4/9/2012 5:13:00 PM
Shel with an edge... always a delight to read you, thanks! Namaste ~ N
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Date: 4/9/2012 5:08:00 PM
i.b.-'xcuse me but...would you mind passin' the salt-n-peppa...uh...HEY, is that Brad Pitt comin' in this ol' eatery?....ooops.. HMMhmmshh,...nope...guess not...they got good fries here...don'tcha think? GG ;-)
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