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Fine Dining
Violet Nesdoly


This is not about fashionably late
with candlelight shimmering in glasses of Pinot Gris
snowy napkins, pewter flatware
and stacks of food on square plates
over smudges of condiment reduction,

but about two Corelle bowls
heaped with spinach salad at five
green beans steaming in brown Corningware
mushroom chicken bubbling in a Pyrex casserole
a stainless steel pot of fragrant rice.
a tub of margarine, pocked as pumice
and three bottles: Balsamic, Raspberry, Ranch
all on wood trivets to protect the old tablecloth.

Now that it’s light              
we watch people stroll babies and dogs
on the path below our townhouse window.
It’s not the view we would get
at Pelagos on the Beach

but the sum of it is certainly
dining at its finest.

© by Violet Nesdoly.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Violet Nesdoly lives near Vancouver, B.C. When she's not working at various writing projects she enjoys reading and walking local nature trails with her husband, camera  in hand. Her poems have appeared in a variety of print and  online publications (Time of Singing, Prairie Messenger, Utmost Christian Writers and Your Daily Poem, among them). She has also published two books of poetry—Calendar (2004), Family Reunion (2007), and a novel, Destiny's Hands (2012).  Visit her on the web at



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Posted 05/19/2016 05:24 PM
Sounds wonderful, loved this ~
Posted 05/19/2016 02:38 PM
I loved this; great descriptions!
Posted 05/19/2016 01:25 PM
I love this! Beautiful imagery!
Posted 05/19/2016 10:17 AM
Oh, you're making me hungry! Not fine dining indeed. As the poet doesn't say, fine dining is far more than the food we eat.
Posted 05/19/2016 10:02 AM
Absolutely fantastic. Thanks!
Posted 05/19/2016 09:47 AM
Fine dining. Fine writing.
Posted 05/19/2016 07:51 AM
I want to come to dinner at your house!
Posted 05/19/2016 07:32 AM
so happy to see Violet's poetry here! This is life at its finest if you ask me!
Posted 05/19/2016 05:55 AM

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