Secret Menu

She tells me that this restaurant has a secret menu
of unofficial and unadvertised selections.
She learned about it by word of mouth.
Why a secret? I ask.
They are variations on menu items,
but everyone loves a secret.
And everyone loves getting in on a secret.

Do we all love a secret?
Family secrets are harmful.
I never loved getting in on family secrets.
It always hurt.
I preferred things being on the menu,
explained, illustrated, consistent.

But these secret things on my plate
are somewhat familiar.
Comforting food and secrets.
We smile with the amuse-bouche.
The meat confit.
The vegetable chiffonade.

Even in an emulsion, family secrets don’t blend.
Oil and vinegar. Water and fat. Lies and truth.

Photo by fauxels on

Published by Pamela Milne

teacher, writer, gentle soul, probably living North of you

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