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  The Lonely Chair
by P. G. Shriver
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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Grandpa's chair is old and worn, but Grandma keeps it to hand down to her grandson. I'm publishing this one as a picture book.


The Lonely Chair
Gean Penny
Grandma has a lonely chair.
It has a patch here; it has a patch there.
Every time I go to stay,
Mama offers to haul it away.
“Definitely not! No, oh no!
That patched up chair must never go!”
Mama smiles sadly and shakes her head,
“You should at least move it to the shed.”
Grandma just winks at me and smiles,
“I think I’ll leave it right here for a while.”
Grandma knows I love that chair, too,
so moving it out would never do.
Hours and hours, after Mom leaves,
We sit in that chair and read, and read.
And when we’ve finished many a book,
Grandma sighs and starts to look.
“That patch there,” she begins to say,
“reminds me of a special day.
Your Grandpa brought me some wild flowers
after working for hours and hours
on that old dented and beat up car,
and his pocketed screwdriver left a star
shaped hole right there beneath that patch.
And my! What devil he did catch
from me when I heard him yell
a bad word after sitting down a spell.”
“What word, Grandma?” I would prod,
But she would only smile and nod.
“And that patch, the one you’re sitting on,
Came from the hoof of that orphaned fawn
your granddaddy treated like a baby.
But then, he got a little too big maybe.
And that one over on the side
came when he took this chair for a ride.
We were goin’ to sister’s to visit,
and he wanted a comfy place to sit.
But this old chair slipped off the car,
and then the hole, so there you are.”
Patch after patch brought tale after tale,
one of a pen, one of a nail,
one of a snag, one of a glass,
until she’d come to the very last
patch, a heart shaped one, a cross inside,
“I sewed that one on when your granddaddy died.”
And she’d lovingly stroke the tiny heart
and suddenly give a little start.
“And that’s why I can’t let this chair go,
it reminds me of him, his smell just so.”
I took a deep breath, inhaling the scent
that had settled in while Grandpa spent
his days relaxing after hard work,
no task too big or small to shirk.
“Grandma, one day, can I have this chair?”
“You know, I believe that is exactly where
your granddaddy would want this chair to go.
But you know your mother’s gonna say no.”
“Yes, Grandma. And can you teach me how to sew?”



Gean Penny

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Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 5/8/2009
Fabulous! The lyrical flow of your work is wonderful. I am a big fan of lyrical poetry and that is the style I write. Very nicely done indeed!
Reviewed by Donald Balsley 4/27/2009
This is a great write you rhyme like I do. I will have to check but it reminds me of one of mine "The Old Rocking Chair" I will post it if it is not up yet. Check some of mine and let me know what you think. I will also be tracking you. Don
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/22/2009
A very fine and heartwarming story, Gean. There are some things that have a host of memories. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 8/24/2008
What a sweet sweet dear story, so much it brought the happy tears, thanks for sharing this beaute, Take care Valerie
Reviewed by Aubrey Hammack 8/23/2008
What a beautiful story. I hope that chair will be protected and I wish it would never be destroyed. You know things that mean a lot to us are usually those things that perhaps have no monetary value but emotionally a price tag could not be placed on them. This obviously is one of those. This is a powerful write.

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