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Dada Poem ♦ Ten of Diamonds ♦
by Patricia Gomes
Tuesday, May 20, 2003

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Dada Poem  ♦ Ten of Diamonds ♦


 What better place to craft Dada

than a Chinese restaurant!

A little one

with an open kitchen

and a red Formica-covered counter.

4 tables


16 chairs.

Placemats that declare




a dog,

a snake

according to the Chinese calendar


the year of your birth.

My senses are filled,

my plate runneth over!

The smells,

the sights,

the sounds:





glorious echoes

make a Joyful Noise!

Clipped syllables permeate the air

with Ng.

Gratingly beautiful

like rusty windchimes

and I can't help but see the windchimes

in my Lo Mien:



o     c

o     a    c

d     r     a    o

l      r     b    n    s

e     o    b    i     p

s     t     a    o    r

      s     g    n    o

             e    s    u





all stick-skinny.  CHOP CHOP.


Mama Waitress,

with happy-wrinkle smiles

will always have pink

plastic barrettes in her iron locks.

I depend on her to look like this.


Papa Cook will flash fry

my chicken wings:


with one eye forced closed by the smoke

from the cigarette

perpetually clenched between his teeth.

And I depend on him

to continue doing so.

O this practice of his violates a law,

a State Law,

as surely as Dada violates poetry.

Long life Papa; long life Dada.

I'm enchanted,

they are enchanting,

and my dinner

is delicious.



P. Gomes 2003  - from The Dada Deck of Poems




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Reviewed by Jim Dunlap 2/1/2004
This is slyly humorous. Since I spend lots of time at Chinese restaurants, it does evoke a lot of things.
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 9/5/2003
Your are so creative and so darn gooooood!
Reviewed by richard poor 6/4/2003
very good!!
Reviewed by Adam Walsvik (Reader) 5/23/2003
trelinandi flelindiliun yomyo!

Reviewed by La Belle Rouge (Reader) 5/23/2003
You always write the most clever and unusual things!
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 5/21/2003
This was excellent, I am hungry now! Love the form here!

Reviewed by Mike Ill (Reader) 5/21/2003
"And I depend on him
to continue doing so" great line in a great poem! Wasn't Dada and art movement in the early 1900's? I think i'm going to go get me some flash fried chicken wings.
Reviewed by William Bonilla 5/21/2003
Ok..... P you making me hungry
Kool write
I loved it

Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/20/2003
P. reading you is like being in the best box at an opera, or similar are just so good!
Reviewed by Ted Sheridan (Reader) 5/20/2003
The thinner the silver or gold chopsticks the higher status one has achieved.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/20/2003
YUM i love chinese

and how i loved this delicious poem! well cooked--i meant, well done *now you've gone and made me hungry LOL*

(((HUGS))) and love,


the format is outstanding!
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 5/20/2003
A true expression of a clean heart that bears - Art, Beauty, Knowledge and Class - to enchant the pages of Literature, and to etch on a heart shaped diamond a name to be praised.

I Salute the Author of "Dada Poem * Ten of Diamonds *".

Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Josephine Bohen 5/20/2003
You my dear are enchanting
Reviewed by Paul Berube 5/20/2003
Pat, your one heluva cook. You really made me hungry. Love the structure of this.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 5/20/2003
Love it. Noodled right along, it did.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 5/20/2003
dang...all of a sudden, i have the strangest hankerin' for chinese food! you've made me hungry with this write; my stomach is talkin' to me! HA! good write! (((HUGS))) and love, your (hungry) friend in texas, karen lynn. :) (((YUMMO!!)))
Reviewed by Jeff Alu 5/20/2003
Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 5/20/2003
Lo mien my favorite too, I loved the sounds and the imagery you created a masterful piece Pat!!!
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