[Fortnightly Poetry] The Wail of the Waiter by Marcus Clarke - dl

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Post by aradlaw » May 16th, 2020, 6:54 pm

The Wail of the Waiter by Marcus Clarke (1846 - 1881).
A little something in anticipation of the day when things return to normal and folks everywhere, particularly in the hospitality industry, are back at work.
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All day long, at Scott's or Menzies', I await the gorging crowd,
Panting, penned within a pantry, with the blowflies humming loud,
There at seven in the morning do I count my daily cash,
While the home-returning reveller calls for 'soda and a dash'.
And the weary hansom-cabbies set the blinking squatters down,
Who, all night, in savage freedom, have been 'knocking round the town'.
Soon the breakfast gong resounding bids the festive meal begin,
And, with appetites like demons, come the gentle public in.
'Toast and butter!' 'Eggs and coffee!' 'Waiter, mutton cops for four!'
'Flatheads!' 'Ham!' 'Beef!' 'Where's the mustard?' 'Steak and onions!' 'Shut the door!'

Here sits bandicoot, the broker, eating in a desperate hurry,
Scowling at his left-hand neighbour, Cornstalk from the Upper Murray,
Who with brandy-nose enpurpled, and with blue lips cracked and dry,
In incipient delirium shoves the eggspoon in his eye.
'Bloater paste!' 'Some tender steak, sir?" 'Here, confound you, where's my chop?'
'Waiter!' 'Yessir!' 'Waiter!' 'Yessir!!' - running till I'm fit to drop.
Then at lunch time -- fearful crisis! In by shoals the gorgers pour,
Gobbling, crunching, swilling, munching -- ten times hungrier than before.
'Glass of porter!' 'Ale for me, John!' 'Where's my stick?' 'And where's my hat!'
'Oxtal soup!' 'I asked for curry!' 'Cold boiled beef, and cut it fat!'
'Irish stew!' 'Some pickled cabbage!' 'What, no beans?' 'Bring me some pork!'
'Soup, sir?' 'Yes. You grinning idiot, can I eat it with a FORK?'
'Take care, waiter!' 'Beg your pardon.' 'Curse you, have you two left legs?'
'I asked for bread an hour ago, sir!' 'Now then, have you laid those eggs?'

'Sherry!' 'No, I called for beer -- of all the fools I ever saw!'
'Waiter!' 'Yessir!' 'WAITER!!' 'Here, sir!' 'Damme, sir, this steak is RAW!'
Thus amid this hideous Babel do I live the livelong day,
While my memory is going, and my hair is turning grey.
All my soul is slowly melting, all my brain is softening fast,
And I know that I'll be taken to the Yarra bend at last.
For at night from fitful slumbers I awaken with a start,
Murmuring of steak and onions, babbling of apple-tart.
While to me the Poet's cloudland a gigantic kitchen seems,
And those mislaid table-napkins haunt me even in my dreams

Is this right? -- Ye sages tell me! -- Does a man live but to eat?
Is there nothing worth enjoying but one's miserable meat?
Is the mightiest task of genius but to swallow buttered beans,
And has man but been created to demolish pork and greens?
Is there no unfed Hereafter, where the round of chewing stops?
Is the atmosphere of heaven clammy with perpetual chops?
Do the friends of Mr Naylor sup on spirit-reared cow-heel?
Can the great Alexis Soyer really say 'Soyez tranquille?'
Or must I bring spirit beefsteak grilled in spirit regions hotter
For the spirit delectation of some spiritual squatter?
Shall I in a spirit kitchen hear the spirit blowflies humming,
Calming spiritual stomachs with a spiritual 'Coming!'?
Shall -- but this is idle chatter, I have got my work to do.
'WAITER!!' 'Yessir.' 'Wake up, stupid! Boiled calves' feet for Number Two!'


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Post by aradlaw » May 17th, 2020, 3:28 pm

Thank you Graham. :thumbs: (sounds like you've had experience) :P
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Post by SonOfTheExiles » May 17th, 2020, 5:22 pm

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/wailofthewaiter_clarke_sote_128kb.mp3

By the way folks, one of our resident admins Sonia (Kitty) was kind enough to point out to me that there is a pun in this poem, insofar as the French cook Alexis Soyer's surname is pronounced the same as the first word in the phrase "Soyez tranquille".


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Post by aradlaw » May 17th, 2020, 6:22 pm

Thank you Chris. :thumbs:
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Post by pschempf » May 18th, 2020, 9:06 pm

Hi David -

I never worked as a waiter. This poem doesn't make me want to either -

https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/wailofthewaiter_clarke_ps_128kb.mp3
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Post by aradlaw » May 19th, 2020, 7:53 pm

Thank you Phil, Bruce and Larry. :thumbs:
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Post by quasimoir » May 20th, 2020, 3:38 am

Hello again David:

Here's the link to my recording of The Wail of The Waiter: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/wailofthewaiter_clarke_gd_128kb.mp3

Running time: 4:40

And I have to say this: This was one helluva poem!

Always,
Garfield

P.S.: Initially, I thought "mutton cops for four" may have taken away the 'h' from the 'chops', but after a bit of surfing up and down the Internet, I realized Clarke did mean to write "mutton cops"! A pun on the police of the time, perhaps?

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Post by aradlaw » May 20th, 2020, 3:35 pm

quasimoir wrote:
May 20th, 2020, 3:38 am
P.S.: Initially, I thought "mutton cops for four" may have taken away the 'h' from the 'chops', but after a bit of surfing up and down the Internet, I realized Clarke did mean to write "mutton cops"! A pun on the police of the time, perhaps?
Thank you Garfield. :thumbs:
Either way is okay, I figured it might be an Australian thing. :P
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Post by specj5 » May 21st, 2020, 9:36 am

Hello! Here's my attempt at 'Wail of the Waiter' :)
https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/wailofthewaiter_clarke_jv_128kb.mp3
Duration: 3:56
Volume: 88.7 dB

I had way too much fun with this, also it's so exciting to see an Australian poem! :lol:
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Post by Horner94 » May 21st, 2020, 5:20 pm

Hello,
Here is my attempt: https://librivox.org/uploads/aradlaw/wailofthewaiter_clarke_cjph_128kb.mp3
Time: 04:01

Many thanks,
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Post by aradlaw » May 21st, 2020, 7:12 pm

Thank you Jeanne and Chad. :thumbs:
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