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Topic: "Dinner in a Quick Lunch Room"

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Subject: "Dinner in a Quick Lunch Room"
Date Posted: 8/26/2012 5:51 PM ET
Member Since: 10/17/2006
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Soup should be heralded with a mellow horn,

Blowing notes of gold against the stars;

Strange entrees with a jangle of glass bars

Fantastically alive with subtle scorn;

Fish, by a plopping, gurgling rush of waters,

Clear vibrant waters, beautifully austere;

Roast, with a thunder of drums to stun the ear,

A screaming fife, a voice from ancient slaughters!

Over the salad let the woodwinds moan;

Then the green silence of many watercresses;

Dessert, a balalaika, strummed alone;

Coffee, a slow, low singing that no passion stresses;

Such are my thoughts as--clang!  crash!  bang!  I brood

And gorge the sticky mess these fools call food!

                      American poet Stephen Vincent Benet