In summer they set thin wire chairs
and a linen-covered table
on shaded lawn next beside a black pond.
Both ends of the long white top
presented crystal stemware and chilled wine
between large bouquets and loaves of bread.
At the center rose a large candelabra
while rose-wrapped chandeliers
in tree limbs held tall thin tapers.
We could speculate who would arrange
such a banquet, or what the menu
would encompass. Perhaps it
was a wedding
or a vocal recital
or even an anniversary.
All the same,
the chef marinated pears
from the orchard
where a yellow-bellied flycatcher nested.
In the far meadow, Holsteins grazed
as usual. Bank swallows cleaved the air.
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