52 SONGS

...the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life...

Thursday, March 3, 2016

24. Placeholder

The placemat's a frame for the plate,
centered before the chair, meant
for the person who will eat there.

The folded napkin frames the fork.
The table frames the four placemats
along with the dish of food in the center,

as well as the salt and the pepper.
The floor frames the table, the walls
frame the floor, the property line,

the house. Various agents--people,
dogs, insects, microbes--incur
and decamp from what frames

them, some of what frames them,
not everything, of course.
They wouldn't. They can't.

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