Spilled Milk Entitlement Disorder


the white liquid splashes over tile 

as the little boy looks down

does nothing

looks up at his father

disappointment tugs at his lips

over his trim collar

does nothing

they do nothing

do not tell someone

do not get napkins

do not ask for help 

do not take responsibility

for their mess

the coffee arrives

as if by magic

the father leaves

the child leaves

without a second glance

as magic makes the white disappear

on hands and knees

and nobody cries over spilled milk.