Love of Fare – Poetry Friday

09 Aug

Love Of Fare

At the poetry fair verbiage fills the air
as I sample each poet’s concoction:

haiku-rich canapes, free-form salads, parfaits
of thick verse, sonnets baked to perfection.

Wine of symbol and sound, liqueur lyrics abound
I’m becoming an addict of diction,

till I stumble around very drunk on profound
poems that make my head spin in confusion.

But wait, here is a booth of poetic uncouth
Out of place at this fair, my objection.

Then I look at the name and find mine is the same
it’s my very own poetry section.

So where are the trays and the tasty displays
piping hot and fresh-baked for consumption?

Here all fridge-tainted, cold, cliche-ridden and old,
bland and lacking in wise introspection.

As I’ve wandered this fair I have gained, tasting there,
a keen palate of discrimination.

Now to retain my space in this prestigious place
I’d best spend some more time in the kitchen.

© 2004 by V. Nesdoly

First published in Calendar – 2004


Welcome to our very own poetry fair—Poetry Friday—hosted today on VN Poems for the very first time!

However humble the digs, I know we’re all in for a treat. Please add your link to the Inlinkz widget by clicking on the image below. (Links are stored on another page as per’s limitations. And be aware that InLinkz takes a minute to process your graphic, so don’t worry if it doesn’t seem to ‘take’ right away… it’s probably just thinking about how to do it right.) Comments explaining and linking the various ‘exhibits’ are most welcome too.


Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Light, Poetry Friday, Writing


23 responses to “Love of Fare – Poetry Friday

  1. Myra GB

    August 9, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Hi there Violet, lovely original poem as always. I want some of those haiku-rich canapes and parfaits of thick verse if you please. 🙂 Thank you so much for hosting and having this up so early. As I come from another timezone entirely, I appreciate this greatly. Thanks Violet! 🙂


  2. Linda Baie (@LBaie)

    August 9, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Violet, you are the cleverest poet. I imagine this is just for your hosting, and it is a delight. I love all the lines, and your clever use in ‘diction’, but those final two gave me a big, big smile. Thank you for hosting! I am less happy in my post today, about the weather, here and all across the country. It’s a poem of response.


  3. Joy Acey

    August 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I enjoyed your poem. Thanks for hosting. Thanks for posting.


    • Tabatha

      August 10, 2012 at 1:26 am

      Your poem made me smile, dear Violet! Thanks for being such a charming host 🙂


  4. laurasalas

    August 10, 2012 at 3:43 am

    Ha! That’s how I often feel after reading through some of the wonderful poetry books I have. Love your wine of symbol and sound and also getting drunk on profound. Thanks for hosting the faire!

    I’m in today with Dare to Dream and a poem by Hope Anita Smith about Anne Frank. And I’m also in with 15 Words or Less poems. I love your little linky thing!


  5. Liz Steinglass

    August 10, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Thanks for hosting. I love the haiku-rich canapes, free-form salads, parfaits of thick verse, and sonnets baked to perfection. Today I’ve posted original August haiku at my blog Growing Wild:
    Happy Poetry Friday!


  6. Mary Lee

    August 10, 2012 at 4:02 am

    Violet, I object! There is nothing stale and “fridge-tainted” about your poetry!!!

    Thanks for hosting. My poem goes out to all those starting a new school year in the next weeks…but it’s good for anyone who is feeling stuck.


  7. jama

    August 10, 2012 at 4:40 am

    My kind of poem — delicious and delectable all the way through! Today I’m all about brothers, fishing, cookies, and a little Prelutsky.

    Thanks for hosting today; have a great weekend!


  8. irene Latham

    August 10, 2012 at 4:57 am

    Violet, you’ve got me craving cranberry honey, which I’ve never had and now simply MUST. Thank you for lovely poem and for hosting Roundup today. Happy weekend!


  9. Douglas Florian

    August 10, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Violet I’ve got a hippopotamust-see poem by Arthur Guiterman over at the Florian Cafe: Thanx for hosting!


  10. Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

    August 10, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Violet. Your poem completely made me giggle to myself. I can relate to this feeling, though I completely disagree that you sit at the uncouth booth! I am so glad that you’re here in the PF fold now, and thank you for hosting on this…your first of many Fridays!

    Today I have a poem about friendship…and holding hands.


  11. Elaine M.

    August 10, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Thanks so much for doing the roundup this week!

    At Wild Rose Reader, I have an original memoir poem titled “Backyard Mermaids.”


  12. mwebster76

    August 10, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Great poem, I love when people write about writing (and writers!)

    Today, I am sharing a poem about my kitty over on Write On the World:


  13. haitiruth

    August 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Thanks for hosting and for the wonderful poem! I just left mine on the Inlinkz. It’s a poem by David Wagoner about a junior high band concert.


  14. Betsy

    August 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    This feeds the poetic soul…does it not? Thanks for hosting and posting.


  15. mattforrest

    August 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Perfect way to describe not only Poetry Friday, but what we all do on a daily basis!


  16. Tracy Lee Karner

    August 18, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Hi, Violet–I’ve missed you from the days when we regularly connected in the Utmost forum. I’ve been spending the past years focusing on my health and diligently working to get stronger (and writing, of course), so I’ve had time for almost nothing else, and of course, social networking was one of the many “to-do’s” that got dropped from my daily list. This morning I was thinking about how I miss your wise insights in my life and discovered your blog. I’m having it sent to my email address, and am looking forward to “hearing” from you. I’m glad you’re doing this. It will be like a regular visit to a wellspring of fresh water for me to get your blogposts.


    • vnesdoly

      August 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      How lovely to hear from you, Tracy! I just checked out your blog and find out you’ve done all kinds of great things, and are publishing a memoir to boot! Congratulations! I signed up to follow your blog. We’ll keep in touch!


  17. Wayne

    December 1, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Greetings! Quick question that’s entirely off topic. Do you know how to make your site mobile friendly? My weblog looks weird when browsing from my iphone. I’m
    trying to find a template or plugin that might be able to
    resolve this issue. If you have any recommendations, please share.
    Many thanks!


    • vnesdoly

      December 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      Hi Wayne,

      Are you asking this question for your own blog or to read the WordPress blogs of others? There are apps available for download to mobile devices. Go to your WordPress dashboard, click on Appearance, and select Mobile. That takes you to links for ios, android and other apps available from WordPress’s app store.



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