In her poem “Perhaps the World Ends Here”, Joy Harjo describes all of the many many actions that take place at the kitchen table. She brings in aspects from all areas of life, including childhood and adulthood, joy and pain, birth and death, victory and remorse, and others. She brings into perspective the part that the table itself plays in each of these areas.
Harjo opens by stating that the world begins around the kitchen table, and concludes by suggesting that perhaps the world will also end around the kitchen table. She sets the mood of this final scene with laughter and tears, and writes of “the last sweet bite” which brings into picture the last bite of a meal, but also the last moments of life.