The tea pot and the sugar dish
Couldn’t stay together
But couldn’t stay apart.
For the one needed the other
And the likewise was true.
But they were not on friendly terms.
Not by any stretch of imagination’s elasticity.
The tea pot snarled at the sugar dish.
The sugar dish threw sugar cubes at the tea pot’s snout.
The tea pot spewed hot brew at the sugar dish.
The sugar dish thwacked the tea pot with sugar cube tongs.
Of course, they kept their animosity up
Only when there were no humans around.
When the humans were around,
The sugar dish stood stoically by the tea pot’s side.
Still and stiff and silent and well-mannered.
Absolutely ideal working partners.
But when the humans were quite done with their tea
And they put the tea pot and the sugar dish away,
That was when they started up once more.
And it will always be that way.