I’ve wondered similar things about…

The Chairs That No One Sits In

You see them on porches and on the lawns
down by the lakeside,
usually arranged in pairs implying a couple

who might sit there and look out
at the water or the big shade trees.
The trouble is you never see anyone

sitting in these forlorn chairs
though at one time it must have seemed
a good place to stop and do nothing for a while.

Sometimes there is a little table
between the chairs where no one
is resting a glass or placing a book facedown.

It may not be any of my business,
but let us suppose one day
that everyone who placed those vacant chairs

on a veranda or a dock sat down in them
if only for the sake of remembering
what it was they thought deserved

to be viewed from two chairs,
side by side with a table in between.
The clouds are high and massive on that day.

The woman looks up from her book.
The man takes a sip of his drink.
Then there is only the sound of their looking,

the lapping of lake water, and a call of one bird
then another, cries of joy or warning –
it passes the time to wonder which.

3 Responses to “I’ve wondered similar things about…”

  1. September 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I love how poetry captures the essence of an experience or a question. Thanks for posting this, what a great meditation on times of rest anticipated but never taken.

  2. 2 Dorothy
    October 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Thoughtful. I just shot a perfect photo, 2 empty chairs overlooking the Westport River, to accompany this.

  3. 3 laurie
    May 25, 2012 at 5:33 am

    my childhood was attached to a porch; watching people, the “safe” place for relievio,..hiding on the side of the porch to eavesdrop on adult conversations…..watching thunderstorms. when phil and i bought a house, one of the first things we did was set up a porch with the chairs and the table, some of our most fun and poignant conversations have been held there. now we just need to invite billie collins over for a cup of coffee.

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