It doesn’t matter
that the concrete of this setting
is less than elegant,
neither marble nor oak.
In Emily Post’s eyes, such form
is near perfection:
“the utensils are placed in the order of use;
Forks go to the left of the plate
knives and spoons to the right.
Finally, only set the table with utensils
you will use.
No soup: no soup spoon.”
We are part caveman, part modern,
though the differences are shrinking
and atavism more prominent
One thing’s set in stone: We Eat.