empty bowl


you carry it
so carefully
an empty bowl
across the room
as though to try
not to spill
what is inside

keep imaginary soup
from spilling over
the gold trimmed rim
until you can sit
at the table
dip your spoon
and drink the air

when the last
is drained
sit back against
the chair
arms crossed
and breathe a sigh
of relief

send it to the kitchen
to be cleaned
then tucked up
on a shelf
away from the light
waiting for
the next meal

la fraser. March 4, 2017


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