Restaurant Poem by Harold Pinter


Rating: 3.0

No, you're wrong.

Everyone is as beautiful
as they can possibly be

Particularly at lunch
in a laughing restaurant

Everyone is as beautiful
as they can possibly be

And they are moved
by their own beauty

And they shed tears for it
in the back of the taxi home

Ahmad Shiddiqi 09 October 2008

very nice! keep writing! could you read and comment on my poems too? thank you.

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Pranab K Chakraborty 04 October 2016

absolutely but without any reason except the agony of loosing purse. What other aspect of crying the dramatist wanted to focus not clear yet.

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Seamus O Brian 04 October 2016

It would seem that the subjects of the poem have striven to attain an appearance of beauty that evaporates, and they cry for it as they return to their ordinary lives.

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Pranab K Chakraborty 07 October 2016

Regarding Neal Beightol with submission I tell perhaps not the appearance of beauty performs here high role according to the poets merit, the poetic merit, rather I tell its a flavor of togetherness the poet tried to draw. If you say the pleasure of living together is another form of beauty, then its ok. Modern isolation perhaps the main focus to draw the reader. Thank you for your wise interaction. Regards.

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Anil Kumar Panda 04 October 2016

Don't understand why anyone would shed tears back home. A nice poem though only a suspense created at the end.

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Suryendu Chaudhury 15 October 2020

There seems to be a note of lament and a pinch of satire.

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Akham Nilabirdhwaja Singh 17 November 2018

Human psychology so perfectly depicted.Wonderful write!

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Ratnakar Mandlik 04 October 2016

A beautifully envisioned poem shedding light on the intricacies of life and their aftermath. Thanks for sharing it here.

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Kevin Patrick 04 October 2016

An interesting observation poem, restaurants are a beehive of many different people and groups, Pinter sees that there is something beautiful in these people, randomly coming and going for a fraction of a day to eat. The ending is a bit aloof to me but its still poignant. Lovely work

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Michael Morgan 04 October 2016

tears for its transience, likely.

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