The Open Door

Appetizers, thank you cards,
hostess tips and recipes,
napkin rings, water glasses, 
salad forks and centerpieces

All the alphabets we've built
to break down welcome's meaning,
turning Hospitality into rules, warnings
that Gratefulness must be constrained.

For Hospitality is only a gratefulness 
for what I have been given,overflowing; 
and what could I do, but welcome close
the people I love to catch the spill?