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by A. A. Parr
for the Diner Beside Me (but moreso, for our Waitress)
     you fold the napkin
     over in your lap,
     look left
     but not up, checking
     you don't know what
across the green floral
carpet edging repeated
directions, followed
in servitutde m-f
8 am to 10 pm each day, day
after day, night after
shift after smoke break after
black burnt coffee, dishwasher
silver and ceramic white
bringing platters and bread
baskets, butter and knives

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