Inviting a Friend to Supper
(After a poem of the same title by Ben Jonson)
Tonight, you’re invited by our transforming apartment and I–
not because we think we’re worthy,
but because you enrich any feast.
We’ll do our part to entertain you,
keep you well fed with our menu:
olives, capers, pimiento spread for your palate,
a helping of traditional Grand Junction Taco Salad
to usher in my lover’s breaded chicken cutlets
and my lemon and caper chicken stirfry
atop creamy mashed potatoes if you have room.
I’ll tell you more, but lie, so you will come:
of roasts, smoked ribs, shrimp and cocktail sauce,
chicken fajitas, turkey pot pie, and rasta pasta,
which all may yet come to be,
in harmony with dietary need.
Assorted cheese and fruit will surely be offered,
but what inspires me is a pure cup of rich Canary wine–
it is the Mermaid’s now, but shall be mine.
Bring your companions, be an hour late if you wish.
Tell me and my chef will conjure you and your pet’s favorite dish.
We haven’t covered the desserts on our exhaustive list,
but are prepared to have them prepared — pistachio muffins,
authentic New York cheesecake, Boston Cream donuts so fine.
We set out the hors ’deovres and the glasses at 7 pm.
Come with your most-used emoji, your most precious meme.
Leave your status updates and key words at the door,
Unless they are vital to your goals, your passions, your family line.
All this awaits without reservation. The door’s unlocked. Come and dine.
No better place for this invitation than among the LexPoMo community!
A new poet-reading friend in NJ mailed me a collection of poems on friendship. I modeled this piece on Ben Jonson’s poem of the same title:
“a pure cup of rich Canary wine–
it is the Mermaid’s now, but shall be mine.” are his words.
“All this awaits without reservation. The door’s unlocked. Come and dine.” What a great ending line. Thanks for this.
🥰📚🍀 Thank you!
It’s so fun to have fun with language.
This was fantastic, so welcoming, and so mouth-watering too.
👨🍳 Thanks! I had a great model poem to work with.
We enjoy our meal planning, e.t.c- it was fun incorporating our staples.
What a buffet of description!
🍽 No one should have an empty plate!
Tabitha – What a feast! Much like all the tasty poems we get to dine on this month! Love the ending – You are generous!
💖 Thank you. Aren’t we lucky to consume everyone’s words?
I agree with generous. That is a very good word to describe this!
Because of your poem, I can’t wait to have someone over for dinner just so I can write a poetic invitation like yours!
🙌 I love that so very much! There’s no finer compliment. Happy writing. Happy hosting.
That’s so sweet!
I like the ringing
“And I” and
which create an underlying rhythm…
“Come with your most used emoji, your most precious meme”
(I love this allusion to how we relate to each other in this time!)
I’m also so intrigued by the rich canary wine…it conjures up so much for me…friendship and song, but also caution…
The lemon and caper chicken stir fry on mashed potatoes makes my mouth water. Sounds so zingy and comforting. Also makes me think again of the color yellow…
Thank you so much for this wonderful poem!
Your own generous comments have sustained me, weeks after.
I made the lemon and caper chicken stir fry send thought about its colorful pairing since seeing your response.
Love this piece! Thanks for all this creativity!
Thanks for all you do and are!