There are many dainty rules
of etiquette intended to avoid
the incongruous, designed
not to upset, like picking up

a bone china tea cup between
thumb and forefinger
with little finger cocked…

or tipping a soup bowl away
from you, to finish
the very last drop…

But when that gritty clump
of chocolate powder (is it?)
caught between your teeth

turns out to have legs
etiquette can go stuff itself
Waiter: there’s a fucking cockroach in my cappuccino!

Teabag in a Wine Glass