Sunday Poem: A Tale of Two Cheeses


I have Oscar Relentos to thank for pointing out a remark by G.K. Chesterton: “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” I didn’t know the quote, and nor had this unfortunate state of affairs even struck me. I believe Oscar has his own plans for rectifying the situation, but in view of the urgency, I thought it vital to  make a start at least.

Britain’s cheese renown is built on

Little more than blue-veined Stilton

(Though Wensleydale could have a say

And should Caerphilly come your way

Do not refuse – on wholemeal bread

It’s tastier than Leicester Red).

‘Tis sad to say, but by and large

There’s so much more to French fromage.

And as a footnote, another cheese quote from General de Gaulle: How can you govern a country where there are 258 varieties of cheese? According to a recent finding from France Soir, this figure, advanced during the war, is obsolete – today there are 1200 varieties. This obviously explains why François Hollande is in such dire straits.

3 thoughts on “Sunday Poem: A Tale of Two Cheeses

  1. I laughed at the poem, then was puzzled by “Two” in the title. [Chas. Dickens did have only 2 cities in mind!] Then I realized that only 2 of the cheeses were known to me anyway. All I know about Wensleydale is that Wallace [of “Wallace & Gromit” fame] likes it.

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