The empty chair

The empty chair is unimpressed

its vacant care bereft, un-blessed,

with threadbare arms and scuffed footrest

in lonely sitting room, undressed.

 

It squats in rays of slatted light

unknowing of the day or night,

no to and fro of padding feet

it's just a chair, so incomplete.

 

The chair is nothing now he's gone

just something he once sat upon,

where soon there'll be an empty space

for something else to take its place. 

◄ A Lark ascending (thoughts on Vaughan Williams)

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Wolfgar Miere

Sat 20th Apr 2019 11:57

Just popping by to thank those who more recently sent likes and flowers.

It seems this image struck a common chord.

David

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Wolfgar Miere

Mon 15th Apr 2019 19:41

Thanks for reading and commenting Martin.

David.

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Martin Elder

Sun 14th Apr 2019 15:14

There seems to be such a history in this chair as I suspect there are with other pieces of furniture. But this seems to have a particular resonance in its own isolation and of the space that it still fills, and in that the thoughts and ideas that it still provokes.
I could witter on, but suffice to say it is a brilliant poem David
Nice one

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Wolfgar Miere

Sun 14th Apr 2019 11:03

Thanks all,

Ian, simple often delivers in the most direct fashion..never use too many words to get across an uncomplicated emotion (in poetry anyway) only my opinion of course. It's fine to cut words they don't bleed. Thanks for checking in and commenting, hope all is well with you.

Jason, I thought this could be regarded as doggerel or a little cheesy by some..but it's just an honest emotion. I was dubious about how it might be received, comments such as yours alleviate my concerns, so thanks for that.

Frances, feel free to share. Thanks for your kind and encouraging comments, they are always appreciated. I like to think I strip my feelings back as much as possible, often it is finding a universal image to speak through that strips away the final layer..I guess I was lucky with this one.

And thanks to Jeannot, Josie, Dorothy and Mae for taking time to read and comment.

Also to all those who sent flowers.

David.

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Frances Macaulay Forde

Sun 14th Apr 2019 06:24

I've said it before - I'll say it again: there should be a LOVE button!

This is so poignant, beautiful in it's sadness and longing - also fear, of acceptance...

May I share this on my blog?

I love it when you strip your soul bare and show what you're capable of, David.

More, just like this, please.

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Mae Foreman

Sat 13th Apr 2019 18:55

Beautiful Wolfgar!
Thank you🎈
Mae

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Jason Bayliss

Sat 13th Apr 2019 18:29

I can't begin to tell you how this made me feel.
Just beautifully sad.

J.

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Dorothy Webb

Sat 13th Apr 2019 18:09

That very first line sends such chill of fear - lets hope that day is very very far away.

Dorothy

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Josie

Sat 13th Apr 2019 17:42

Lovely, poignant poem.

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Jeannot

Sat 13th Apr 2019 12:47

Wolfgar, very well done

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Ian Whiteley

Sat 13th Apr 2019 11:08

like this mate - simple but effective - I've visited similar chairs myself in the past

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