Le Banquet Exceptionale

Le Banquet Exceptionale

A Poem by David L. Nelson

Dining out with the upper crust



Le Banquet Exceptionale



Yes, Yes, Of course...we have a reservation

Someone on your staff has ignored a cancellation

Seat us by the window we like to watch the waves

Dear, look at that young waiter he's wanting for a shave

Oh Miss! could you move this plant it obscures my husband’s view

The last time that we ate here the prawns were tough to chew

I like a piping hot meal served upon an icy plate

The entrée should be early though I prefer my salad late!

I shall have my oysters raw though steamed they are divine

On second thought sauté them wait! Boil them in wine

I often spend the evening dining with J. D. Rockefeller

He always lets me choose among the bottles in his cellar 

A Rothschilde 1812

I last plucked from his many shelves

But tonight I'm with my honey

We will try the MD 20/20


And waiter more potatoes if you please

I'll have them presto presto

but not so fast

to cause a breeze


For dessert, I should like

Hmmmmmmm... AAAHHHHH

The "Pastry De Lorraine"

They serve it chilled in France

But it's better warmed in Spain!

We will have it in a custard cup....

Wait! Wait! Serve it on a platter

It's best served in a Petri dish

I prefer the former to the latter

And a lâtté and a demi tass

But in your biggest cup

We won't need a doggie bag

we've brought our little pup

But if you could bring a child's seat

he can join us at the table

he likes his napkin fluffed

No hurry... as soon as you are able



We will pay with Master Card

or should I use the Visa?

I've been patient... but it's hard...

They seldom serve to please us


I know it may seem rash

But I've decided not to tip

The waitress seemed a little brash

and my plate contained a chip.


© David L. Nelson 2008 Focus Fine Arts® & Ironworks Publishing™

© 2013 David L. Nelson

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Added on February 8, 2008
Last Updated on February 23, 2013


David L. Nelson
David L. Nelson

Malibu, CA

I write poetry, fiction, short stories, essays and novels. Working in varied genres which span the spectrum, from humorous fiction to serious political essays. I am presently composing a book of poetr.. more..