"Life is the dancer and you are the dance."
Eckhart Tolle

Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Buffet sunday scribblings #252-safe

Keen attention has accumulated
on the dusty folded napkins,
corners turned out.
Acquired from the nearest
pessimistic table designed for  
people crowding distinguished guests.
Wallowing in the sounds of
tongues’ rapid movements,
throwing cadences toward aerial ears.
Capturing all, figurative speech players
campaign against safety nets.
Egotistically situated in crimps of a niche,
a tedious afternoon with the powerful.


  1. 'Acquired from the nearest
    pessimistic table designed for
    people crowding distinguished guests'
    I love this phrase- and the thought of a pessimistic table.

  2. Pamela - you are the epitome of a word genius! I love the way you juxtaposed such divergent concepts to make a statement that is so strong. I love, "Egotistically situated in crimps of a niche,/a tedious afternoon with the powerful."

  3. My favorite is 'campaign against safety nets' that just strikes me wonderful!

  4. RJ, epitome? Well that sounds good, but I don't think so:) In all seriousness, thanks for the really nice comment.

  5. Oh, those awful lunches and dinners with the elite. If only some of your descriptive words could be rammed down their corporate throats. A delight to read.

  6. Thanks oldegg, wouldn't you just love to do that,
    I know I would:)

  7. A peppering of dislike for the chattering classes..as always restrained and carefully prepared..(it's an entirely different take on food and enjoyment but have you seen the film 'Babette's Feast'? Where a woman uses food to unwrap warmth and enjoyment in a strict, religious community..it's an oldie but the story stays with you..)Jae

  8. jaerose, I saw that film years ago. I must watch it again. Another film I just watched again last year was "The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover" not quite the same but genre:) If you haven't seen it, I recommend it.

  9. I agree with jaerose. It's such a distinct difference between THIS sort of dinner, which causes such great discomfort versus feasts we see like Babette's Feast or Like Water for Chocolate or even Hemingway's non-fiction account in A Moveable Feast.

  10. Wendy, I love the movie "Like Water for Chocolate", I haven't read "A Moveable Feast"
    I have only read a couple of his books. "The Old Man and the Sea" and "Death in the Afternoon".
    This kind of dinner would cause discomfort.