Cost

 

Not a sou,

cent or centime.

Sans souci.  No sweat,

no sense, no shoes,

no shirt, no service.  No servants or slaves.

Out of work, hors d'oeuvres.

 

 Serviettes, service for six,

 settings.

 

 Not a sou, Cinderella,

 not heaven scent or scent

 (White Shoulders).

 Skins vs. shirts.

 Sweats, sweat pants,

sweaters,

 exude,

 extrude,

 expense.                                

 

 

 

**

Catherine Daly's books
include DaDaDa and Locket, forthcoming from Tupelo
Press. She lives in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

 

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