Sunday, August 5

Dinner At Eight ?

Detail from a painting by John Singer Sargent
A goblet
graces the table;
fresh flowers
add perfume
sweeter than the fragrant wine
which will fill its curves.

Waiting guests'
nostrils, each piqued by
aromas
from the food
soon to be set before them,
quiver and widen.

The key is
anticipation.
It will turn
this evening's
whole dining experience
into something grand.

It may be
stored in memory.
For lean times,
should they come,
will make this night of plenty
something to savour.


Written for Mag #129  and posted on Monday at IGWRT, too...

32 comments:

  1. Ahh.. a feast to remember... I wish I had an invite :)

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  2. I agree...the key is anticipation though a full stomach will also be good ~

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  3. "the key is anticipation"...too true..lets hope they are not let down by the morning. Loved this one .Thankyou Pen!

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  4. Savor indeed! good one- thanks.

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  6. A foolish typo caused me to remove the comment - which was most favorable, by the way. :-)

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  7. I titled mine with the same name...but definitely went a different direction. Yours is fabulous...
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  8. I don't know why these lines touched me ;" stored in memory.
    For lean times," well done on this lovely write

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  9. Really, really marvelous. And I loved the use of something very small (detail of the painting) that became sensuously large. So large that if lean times came ... the memory of this would remind them of their largess. Super.
    Raven

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  10. How unique and lovely and true to go to the detail! Bravo!
    Nostrils that "quiver and widen."
    The goblet near flowers "sweeter than the fragrant wine
    which will fill its curves."
    "The key is / anticipation."
    . . . of both the feast and of future scarcity as
    "It may be
    stored in memory.
    For lean times . . . "
    wow

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  11. A wonderful take on the pic and I love how you focused on just one section. Definitely a feast!

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  12. A someone who hasn't focused on the couple ... nice take

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  13. Not enough fine dining in our lives these days........ ;)

    Always love how you take a work of art to a new place for us to see......

    Have a lovely and creative week!

    *hugs*
    Mimi

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  14. "The key is anticipation." As with so many situations. Wise words Jinksy!

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  15. Dining with all its grandeur. Good food fine wine complemented with fine hosting, you can never beat that. Wonderful take Jinsky!

    Hank

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  16. that's what we do isnt it...reflect on good times in misery.but Dante said that the greatest sorrow is times of joy recalled in wretchedness.could this be that as well?

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  17. You have mastered the shadorma form. I like how you used it for your stanzas, each building on the one before.

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  18. A salubrious Post my friend.

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  19. I loved the line "stored in memory. For lean times..."
    What a gift memory is....

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  20. There is dednitely something in this concept of storing good memories for lean times , Jinksy , it is a dedinite phenomenon, thanks

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  21. Very nice - Jinksy. I think frankly that the nicest part of this painting is the glow of all the inanimate objects--the lamps, the glimmer - you've captured that here. And the memory of that great food! k .

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  22. How wonderful, Jinksy, to take a piece of the painting as your focus. I cropped the man out, but you really found a focus. Good work!
    K

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  23. You have captured the essence of a special celebration in your poem and also in the crystal sparkles you chose to highlight from the art. This feeling is definitely something to savor. Thank you for sharing. =D

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  24. I like your focus on the silver goblet...very nice...

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  25. A feast for the eyes yet to touch lips

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  26. Memory can serve as an excellent respite in lean times.

    =)

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  27. The word Dining is the clue to this: so much grander than having supper, even if the food is the same.

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  28. Lots of lovely words and images to feast on here. Thank you for introducing me to Simon Shadorma too; I'll have to get to know him a bit better I think :)

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  29. Yes indeed we could all enjoy a night of plenty and wake smiling!

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  30. The lean times will - and do - come, but we have memories of these dinners, sometimes housed within poems, to get us through.

    Pearl

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  31. Anticipation is always the best part. lovely poem.

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  32. Outstanding! The last stanza is perfect...

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