Sunday, 1 June 2014

The Zen Guide to Eating Out OR Dish of the Day, Going Dutch



I have eaten out several times with friends lately, and it was a real tonic, especially as I have not been feeling too well. It doesn’t have to cost a lot either.

Whether the meal is excellent, average or could be better…there’s nothing quite like eating out (or in) with old friends.

This poem is a villanelle. [OK, I take a few liberties with 'hidden' rhyme - as regular readers will know I am inclined from time to time - but isn't that a poet's prerogative...?]

THE ZEN GUIDE TO EATING OUT or DISH OF THE DAY, GOING DUTCH

Light and airy,
ever a good place to eat;
life, summer breezy

Touch of history,
regular Sandman’s beat,
light and airy

Hint of strawberry,
old friends up for a meet;
life, summer breezy

Bubbles of memory,
seducing us on the street;
light and airy

Heavens, an eternity
to ponder, argue, and wait;
life, summer breezy

A fleeting reality
for mind, body, and spirit
(light and airy)
life, summer breezy

Copyright R. N. Taber 2005; 2014

[Note: An earlier version of this poem appears in 1st eds. of A Feeling for the Quickness of Time by R. N. Taber, Assembly Books, 2005; 2nd (revised) e-edition in preparation.]





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