Dinner at the Museum of Fine Arts

By on Nov 11, 2012 in Poetry

Fancy dessert on painted background, in frame

                …the object is not to make art,
                but to be in the wonderful state which makes art inevitable.

                                                —Robert Henri: The Art Spirit

For an appetizer, try olives à la Picasso,
            one-eyed, two-dimensional, tart yet satisfying, 

while a salad Gauguin offers a lush green display,
            accented in deep reds, fleshy oranges, 

sound of birdsong, the dressing citron-scented.
            Select a wine as velvety and complex as an O’Keeffe 

poppy, with the bouquet of a Santa Fe sunset.
            Soup of choice might be the Paul Klee mixed-media 

delight, polychromatic and hieroglyph-noodled.
            For the pasta of the day, try Miro’s dream-like swirls 

smothered in a surrealist sauce, the plate edged
            with feathered parsley, followed by entrée Edward Hopper, 

two lamb chops in rectangles of light, lying separately
            on a bed of lettuce, their eyes averted, the room silent. 

For an extravagant finish, order a Dada dessert:
            Hans Arp’s biometric baked Alaska, chilled to decadency, 

and coffee then, of course, poured from a rococo-etched
            silver pot to accompany your sigh as a waitress 

in a Degas gauze and satin skirt floats a bill to your table.
            It’s not for a song, this lyrical melding of food and art. 


Poet Laureate emerita for the small seaside town of Rockport, Massachusetts, Suellen Wedmore retired from working as a speech and language therapist to enter the MFA program in poetry at New England College, graduating in 2004. Her poetry has appeared in multiple publications. Her chapbook, Deployed, won first place in the Grayson Books annual contest, and her chapbook, On Marriage and Other Parallel Universes, was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press. She has been awarded first place in the Writer’s Digest rhyming poetry contest and first place in the Rambunctious Review annual contest; she was an international winner in the 2006 Atlanta Review poetry contest. In 2007, she was selected for a writing residency at Devil’s Tower, Wyoming. Recently, she was a winner in the Obama Millennium competition sponsored by New Millennium Writings, and three of her poems were nominated for a Pushcart Prize.


  1. Suellen’s word painting is a delight for the senses … enticing me to make a leisurely visual and gustatory visit to the Boston Museum – soon!

  2. I just love the line “smothered in a surrealist sauce”!!!! Brava!!!!!