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. We chat a lot (with or amongst each other, not on our phones!) which is all part of the fun. Mobile phones are great in SO many ways, BUT you can't beat face-to-face conversation. Some people, especially among the young, should try it more often while we older ones need to lead more by example lest it become an all but forgotten art. 

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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