28 Jul

A Villanelle….

Is a poem of French origin. It is composed of 19 lines, with five sets of triplets and a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening triplet are repeated in an alternating pattern. The middle lines of each triplet must rhyme with each other, and the ending quatrain must contain the first and third lines of the opening triplet. The most famous example of a villanelle is Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gently into That Goodnight.”

My Villanelle….

Is a snapshot of what happens when you go out for dinner on a Saturday night. You arrive at a restaurant dressed in your best attire with your loved one at your side. The waiter brings your bread and drinks, and takes your order. As you wait for your food, you notice it’s taking a bit long. When you finally receive your food, it was worth the wait. You leave the restaurant sated, and pleased. A lovely evening was had by all.

I dedicate this Villanelle….

to all of the thousands of line cooks, pastry chefs, sauciers, busboys, dishwashers, and executive chefs. My hope is that anyone who has had the unique experience of enduring the frenetic pace of a popular eatery for a living enjoys reading my villanelle entitled, “The Weeds.”


Get a garnish on that plate!

Move quickly if you want a raise.

Where’s the rest of Table Eight?

This is no time for a debate;

Top that asparagus with some hollandaise

Get a garnish on that plate!

You ruin the food that I create,

I won’t tolerate any more delays;

Where’s the rest of Table eight?

Now, get the spoon and sauce that skate;

Mind the Potatoes Lyonnaise!

Get a garnish on that plate!

Hurry now chef, I’m really irate;

That lamb shank needs more time to braise.

Where’s the rest of Table Eight?

The customers are mad, their food is late;

Is your performance just a phase?

Get a garnish on that plate.

Where’s the rest of Table Eight?

For John

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3 Responses to “A VILLANELLE”

  1. graceofwynn August 9, 2008 at 7:04 am #

    This is hilarious! Great job 🙂

  2. culinarychick August 9, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    Thanks, Grace!

    That was the result of a essay I had to write for an assignment last semester. I was inspired by ” A Villanelle Sandwich,” and thought I could do something along those lines that told a story.

    I’m glad you liked it!
    The Culinary Chick

  3. Genesis December 7, 2011 at 3:48 am #

    Nice villanelle! I was looking for a villanelle that involved food because I’m doing a villanelle for English class! I wanted to do one about food so thanks for the poem because I needed more inspiration! ;D

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