Cup

NIcolas Walker

 

Oh, my receptacle of petroleum-based polymers
How deftly you move your innards to my lips!

Did you come from a factory?
There must be billions of you out there
Exactly the same, yet unlike

Your paper brethren, you won't leak
for at least seventy-two years.

How cruel for you, oh plastic keeper,
To be rarely ordered except as accompaniment
I think you’re worth more than that
But I would never tell

I’m jealous of you.
If I put my hand in water for long, I wrinkle.
You don’t even break
a sweat.

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