Legendary Dinner Party

Legendary Dinner Party

There are mitigating circumstances concerning last night’s meal.
The neighbor’s Lab retriever made off with the veal
that I’d meant to cook for you, and while I was off chasing it,
a magpie found my cooling pie and ended up defacing it.
When I returned to pie debacle—veal-less and dejected,
I fear the burning spuds I meant to mash went undetected.
Yet, I don’t deserve the calumny I know you’re bound to spread
about the Big Macs and the fries  that all my guests were fed.

Dinner conversation was intelligent and humorous,
and covered up with ice cream, the pie looked much less tumorous.
So all-in-all although its various defects were horrific,
I know that future tellings of it will be most prolific.
its juiciest bits were ones that  were not served with fork and knife.
I served you up a story to dine out on all your life,
and though the meal I planned turned out to be a meal from Hell, it
had a certain savor that you’ll taste each time you tell it!


The prompt words today are cook, mitigate, calumny and intelligence.


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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

15 thoughts on “Legendary Dinner Party

      1. koolkosherkitchen

        Stunning table, a true artist’s production!
        P.S. You won’t surprise me with 21 guests; I am used to that and more. My grandmother routinely had a couple of dozen of guests on Friday night, as well as 50 – 60 on holidays. Considering that we didn’t have running water, but only a well in the back yard, and all the cooking was done on two kerosene burners, and she managed to keep a strictly kosher kitchen, what we have to do today is a piece of cake!


          1. koolkosherkitchen

            Generally, contributing to a kosher table is a very sensitive issue. It was virtually impossible under the circumstances of communist Russia, where very few people knew what keeping kosher was, let alone how to do it. Yes, she cooked it all, but we did have household help most of the times, and for holidays and family occasions, additional help was hired to serve and clean up. We lived on the 3rd floor, and the water well was in the back yard.



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