CHEWING THE FAT
Do you ever 'chew the fat',
Sitting around, having a chat?
And have you ever wondered at
That singular expression?
Once, pork was a most expensive meat
That only the wealthy folk could eat
And they'd ask their friends from down the street
To a tasty roast pork session.
The meat was hung up on display
So all the visitors could say
'How much did you have to pay
For such a tasty dinner?'
And the gentleman who was mine host
Was thrilled to bits and drank a toast!
'Here's to my pork!' he used to boast,
Knowing he was a winner.
And, as the friends in a circle sat
They pulled off crispy bits of fat
And they would chat and chew and chat
And pass around the platter.
And still we like to use the phrase,
Because, though we have modern ways,
We like, as in the olden days,
To sit around and chatter.
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