There were permutations of red peppers on the buffet,
Elbows in doorways, dutiful listings of children's public activities,
Many topics skirted, some people on chatter track, others blank,
circling, chewing salami for the spit of casing, the spirit of casting off,
gutsy girl, ignore the old teacher, have a Ford, have a Fairlane, wear a Fair Isle,
hold up your farewells while you hitch up the bra strap, laugh like a brass cup
clatters, tossed back at the storm door.