Lay It All on the Table

I haven’t laid this cloth in a while

As I smooth down the creases

And straighten the edges

My eye catches stains left from previous feasts

And I think about the first time I used this table

I had no clue what I was doing

No linen atop, just bare wood

Oh how I tarnished the polish

By throwing everything out at once

And the legs appeared to be struggling

Under the enormous amount of pressure

However, I’ve had practice since then

I learned to use a tablecloth

And to ease in each dish

I learned you can’t force someone to sit with you

And you must eat alone sometimes

I learned that many people stop before getting too full

And leave the surface scattered in scraps

I wonder if one day I’ll get tired

Of setting places for and cleaning up after

People I can’t trust to stay or show up

As I smooth down the creases

And straighten the edges

I haven’t laid this cloth in a while

SWD 08/2019

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. JeNom says:

    Simply beautiful.

    I can relate. I am still learning to eat alone. This lesson should’ve been learnt long before now. If I have my way, I will never eat another meal alone. But I know that will never happen.

    Thanks for this beutiful piece.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tina says:

    Beautiful, real and sad. What more can I say? I wish I knew.

    Liked by 1 person

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