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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cacophony

Kitchen Symphony
By GC SMITH

Wang, clang, bang
whap;
dissonant kitchen sounds

The sous chef
slams
the walk in cooler shut

Clunk!
a waitress kicks
the swinging door

A Chef's knife
clatters,
dicing the trinity

A pot walloper
rattles
encrusted sauté pans

A tray load of dishes
crashes
to the floor

A waiter
shouts
his order

The chef
slams his cleaver
on the cutting board

Diners wait impatiently
oblivious
to kitchen cacophony

I’m fidgeting,
annoyance peaking
as my steak doesn’t appear

Another diner finger drums
his table while awaiting
crème brûlée

We don’t care
what goes on
back there

Twenty percent tips
even fifteen percent tips
won’t be

‘cause we don’t
hear
that kitchen music

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