This empty table

                May remain so awhile.

There is nothing to be bought,

Nor to be brought.

Reservations are still held,

                Honoured by one,

                Discussed by others,

                Defended by parents,

                Understood by brothers.

Let the dust settle

                While we settle the bill

                For the empty table

                Where we have eaten our fill

                And remain sat, still.

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