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A Gen Alpha Annunciation

Domenico Beccafumi, Annunciation (1545–46)

Mary, toying with the panzanella on their plate,

was, as usual, lamenting—you know, that “virgin” shtick of theirs,

how children just aren't their fate—

when the hovering Gabriele, our Tuscan server, interrupted, sotto voce:

“Scusa, bella! You got bun in oven. Chef say They make it. I am straight?”

On that note, I politely said good night. Pointless challenging waiters on a date when even kitchen staff ungrammatically depucelate!

Notes: Panzanella is a Tuscan salad made of stale bread, tomatoes, cucumber, and thinly sliced onions; "depucelate," a synonym of "deflower," derives from the French verb dépuceler (pucelle = "virgin").


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