Plate Spinner

By Annette Marie Hyder

You are not the kind of guy
who likes to eat off one plate
no matter how fine the shine
delicate the bone china
or inscrutable the design.
You want the whole china cabinet
the plates, large dinner and small dessert
the bowls and cups and saucers too
even the gravy boat are taken out and used.

You are a plate spinner
and a tablecloth trick sinner.

I am just determined
not to be one of those sparkling pieces
of porcelain
spinning dizzily like crazy
and destined for the floor.

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