The Busboy Talks to the Forks
By Andrew Moore
How does a man clean tables all his life?
Why does He-Who-Cleans-Tables-All-His-Life
personify the elements of the table?
The Forks--hey man.
The Knives--what's up?
Plates--lookin' kinda flat tonight
Wrappers from Straws--foosh!
Crumpled Up Napkins--they're moody.
(What is personification?
A way of giving things that are not human,
Why personify the elements on the table?
It makes his duty worth the while.
It humanizes his lowly task-I-cannot-enjoy-your-wonderful-dinner-conversation-because-I-have-to-work.
It's joining in the only way he can.
After you've gone and finished,
did you know there's a human connection left?
And so he partakes any way he knows how,
even if that means giving the Fork a personality,
commenting on the Spoon,
telling the Napkin what He's going to do,
wondering which Straw the Pretty Girl used.
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