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The Dream of Knife, Fork, and Spoon

I can’t recall where to set the knife and spoon.
I can’t recall which side to place the napkin

or which bread plate belongs to me.  Or
how to engage in benign chatter.

I can’t recall when more than one fork—
which to use first.  Or what to make of this bowl of water.

I can’t see the place cards or recall any names.
The humiliation is impressive. The scorn.

No matter how much my brain “revises” the dinner

to see if the host was a family member—
I can't recall which dish ran away with which spoon.    

 

 

Credit


From Brain Fever (W. W. Norton, 2014). Copyright © 2014 by Kimiko Hahn. Used with permission of W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Author


Kimiko Hahn

Kimiko Hahn was born in 1955 in Mt. Kisco, New York.

Date Published: 2016-04-08

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/dream-knife-fork-and-spoon