An Evening at the Restaurant
Part I: The Drinker of Wine
She rose her glass and toasted
leaving lipstick stains on a glass
as breakable as she was
she called the waiter
with the snap of two powerful fingers
and asked for the check.
Part II: The Washer of Dishes
She drank the last drops of wine from the glass
because the job was more bearable when drunk
and she rubbed her fingers over the lipstick stain
and wondered why her lips were silenced
but this woman's lips stained even glasses
this woman's fingers called people to her service
while her fingers grew calloused
under hot water and dish soap.
Part III: The Glass
when she dropped it.