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A Tangent Upon the Pronunciation of a Particular French Word
Daniel Budd


“Buerr-seh,” she said,
rolling her r’s ever so slightly
and swallowing the final tasty syllable.
“It’s pronounced, Buerr-seh.  It is
            a very popular cheese.”
– Ah, oui, fromage . . . and
having thus exhausted most of my French,
I lop off a big chunk of
stirring it into the steaming pasta,
rolling it ‘round the rotini,
creating a macaroni et fromage
that draws a throaty purring
from behind her closed
but perfectly enunciated eyes.

© by Daniel Budd.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Daniel Budd is a retired Unitarian minister in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He has been reading and writing poetry since finding W.H. Auden's "Like Love" torn out of a paperback and lying on the floor of his high school cafeteria. Daniel is very appreciative of the time he has now to read and write more.


Post New Comment:
I've taken to using burrata with pastaI'll have to try the Boursin!
Posted 08/10/2021 01:44 PM
Oh, excellent! And now it's nearly midnight and I'm craving Boursin!
Posted 06/06/2021 02:38 AM
Gordon Browne:
Absolument!"Rolling it round the rotini" is a perfect use of r as is boursin.
Posted 06/04/2021 09:52 AM
michael escoubas:
It's all "French" to me!!
Posted 06/04/2021 09:24 AM
Good one!
Posted 06/04/2021 09:06 AM
Mac and cheese will never look the same to me.
Posted 06/04/2021 09:05 AM
Larry Schug:
Magnificent in every way-"rolling it 'round the rotini" How much fun is that to say aloud?
Posted 06/04/2021 08:15 AM
Love your poem and the story of finding the Auden piece on the floor in the cafeteria!
Posted 06/04/2021 05:44 AM

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