The Table

By Alastair Simmons

An empty room, bar the old table,

Rough, carved, silent,

Feasts, famines

Scorred, stratched ,stained, cindered wood,

The grain, a reservoir of dried tears,

Agony, ecstasy, laughter, despair,

Buried secrets within swirling rings,

A baby’s bum,

A child spilling flour, learning to cook,

Fist of a teenager’s tantrum,

Nerves of a groom the night before,

A ring waiting on the empty table,

Fight of a separation,

A last supper,

A funeral tea,

Events, banquets not yet imagined or devoured.