A waiter's order falls to earth
Waiter, waiter, mind that leg
Without intent, impediment
Extended in your path.
Too late the cry, the indrawn breath,
Warning hand raised ineffectual.
The legs entangle, down he goes.
A still moment encapsulates
The tray in practised balance
On fingers spread until
Momentum rules the instant.
Without goodbye, the hand defects,
Its burden just abandoned.
In slo-mo action now released
In elegant trajectory departs
The errant platter careless
Rejects in turn its mission.
The crystal cylinder, unattended,
Obeys stern gravity’s diktat.
Escaping too, the liquid clear
Spills forth from transparency.
Swirling together in a blend of light,
Tumbling in dance serpentine,
As lovers intertwined, they
Rush headlong into destiny.
The unforgiving floor of stone
Enforces an end explosive.
Rain propelled now up and out
And vessel dispelled in pieces,
Shards and drops disseminate
In glittering array.
Oh, aftermath in sudden silence shocking,
Eyes drawn to waiter’s humiliation
Scrambling for balance he rises up
Holds hand aloft, “Stay where you are.
“I’ll clear this up and make it safe.
“Yes, ma’am, I’ll bring another.”
Line Count: 36
Word Count: 180