empty plate

Writing Prompt: “Write about a woman who has been stood up on a date.”

Utensils clink ‘gainst ivory china plates

As gravy laden morsels skate amidst

The greener bites, which luster lacking taste

Have wilted under culinary wist.

A spotted glass, whose blots were hidden well

When Cabernet high-filled the dusk-lit cruet,

Presents now stains of red, a drain’ed knell

Announcing ended hopes with sigh-filled, “knew it.”

The edges frayed on napkin choked with grease

And wringed by fingers looking toward the door,

Crestfallen heaves a final sigh of, “please,”

Just as it feels release against the floor.

–Jill Szoo Wilson