Musings on a Coffee Shop Chair


The paintings hanging on the coffee shop wall
Look at the line of empty chairs and say,
“You are empty.”
The chairs look back and reply,
“You are two dimensional.”
“You are functional.”
“You are superfluous.”
“You are used.”
“You are forgotten.”
“You are of this world.”
“You are not.”
“People gaze at me.”
“People sit on me.”
“Life imitates art.”
“Art imitates life.”
“Shall we agree to disagree?”
“Shall we take this out back?”
“Why so contentious?”
“Doesn’t art need conflict?”
“Doesn’t a chair need a body?”
“If art talks does anybody listen?”
“Not if no one is there.”
‘Someone is coming.”
“I’ve heard that before.”
“Then we shall see.”

About joegergen

To evoke a smile. That's all. Author of "Methane Wars: A Fable" and "Lear's Fool" as well as various poems and some these painting things as well.
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3 Responses to Musings on a Coffee Shop Chair

  1. Nice conversation, was interesting to think of what a chair would say. Would it say – please don’t sit, to stay in tact, to avoid stressing each joint, or would it beg for us to sit, knowing that it’s very request would lead to its ultimate demise? Thanks for sharing and the visit! I posted a poem on Friday, but it was very short. Thanks again!

  2. vontoast says:

    What a great idea to add audio to poetry!

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