Daily Archives: August 14, 2009

Poetry Friday: The Chairs That No One Sits In


A carpe diem sort of poem. Let’s call today International Sit in Chairs Day.

The Chairs That No One Sits InBilly Collins

You see them on porches and on 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 might be none of my business,
but it might be a good idea one day
for everyone who placed those vacant chairs

on a veranda or a dock to sit down in them…

Read the rest here.

(Photo by I Love Trees on Flickr)