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Hold the Cheese Please!

by Chris Sorrenti

Anything stronger than Mozzarella
as in pizza and lasagna
and the gag reflex kicks in

Not that I haven’t tried
including Cheddar
bricks of it looking delish’
at the supermarket
but whenever that yellow or orange
touch my tongue
my entire body involuntarily shouts “Yuck”

It’s not an allergy
or lactose intolerance
for I can drink milk by the gallon
and love it
at almost every meal

Cringe with a chuckle
recalling those Kraft TV commercials
‘1001 things you can do with Whiz’

More grimacing
when relatives
post recipes on Facebook
everyone it seems
with the offending edible
as part of the ingredients

Whenever I eat at a restaurant
I have to scan the menu
with a magnifying glass
knowing from experience
too many dishes are baptized
with curdled dairy

I make my choice
with an apprehensive smile
and say
I’ll take this or that
but for Heaven’s sake
hold the cheese please!

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Posted on 07/21/2017
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