Ode To My Plates

From paper and styrofoam
to Mikasa and Melmac
I’ve owned you all
dined on you all

Curio cabinet held
pale blue Wedgewood
side by side with
Ming Dynasty depictions

Corning’s durable Corelle
a savior as kids grew up
Lenox enhanced my table
at Thanksgiving

Recently I’ve acquired
two new plates
which can’t be
washed, broken or displayed

Sealed with scarlet scars
they’re strong as steel
light as a feather
I won’t be eating from them



About the Poet:
Lynn Cooper is a published poet and former New Yorker, who now resides in Florida.  Her poetry has appeared in print anthologies in both states, as well as online.


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