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The Old Armchair
Author: Capricorn

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My mood mirrors the grey sky
as I turn the front door key,
relieved to shelter from the deluge.

All rooms look abandoned --
except Mam’s front room

It’s dated appearance
has an understated grandeur.
Gold velour drapes the window bay;
the sill is swamped with keepsakes.
A sheepskin rug, centre floor
hugs my feet into it’s deep pile.

Guests were once ushered in here
for cups of tea and cakes.
I still hear their chatter
warmed by laughter, until
the alien scrambled her mind
and visitors dwindled.
I doubt she’ll have any callers
at the nursing home.

I sift though drawers and shelves
-- supervise the gathering
of hospital equipment.
Two armchairs now stand alone,
the sofa has long been carried
into the garage, making space
for a downstairs bed.

Feeling jaded,
I sit on the faded chair
of dappled velvet,
my mind sauntering
back through the years.

The room nudges me with reminiscences …

… courting days,
smooching on the sofa
breathless with love ...

…waiting here, with Dad
for my wedding car --
nerves gnawing me inside …

… cushioned on this chair
I nursed my baby boys
inhaling their honeyed fragrance …

… when over-feasted,
on Boxing Days,
we piled in here, drinking up
the cosy atmosphere.

Stroking familiar arms
for a final time,
the past wraps around me
so tears tumble
like the showers outside.

I sense a rush of warmth
-- a celestial embrace.

‘It’s only a chair, love’

‘I know, Dad --
a chair full of memories’

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Comments on this poem/writing:

Catyrose (128.123.85.206) -- Wednesday, February 21 2007, 03:14 am

heart-felt

This is such a beautiful, though sad write. My mom went into a home awhile back. You expressed the way our family felt as we went through her belongings. I'd like to share this poem with my sister if you don't mind.
Capricorn (82.46.181.105) -- Wednesday, February 21 2007, 09:29 am

a pleasure

Thank you Caty -- it would be my pleasure if you shared this with your sister.It is a daunting task going through a parents belongings as it brings back so many memories.
Robert (69.236.137.91) -- Thursday, February 22 2007, 08:50 pm

beautifully done

Quite a trip you've taken us down memory lane. Makes one stop and reflect... Thanks.
Capricorn (82.46.181.105) -- Friday, February 23 2007, 12:15 am

Thankyou

Yes -- clearing out my mum's house brought back all kinds of memories, since we moved there when I was 12yrs old.
shiloh (66.24.112.118) -- Monday, December 17 2007, 06:13 am

really beautiful writing...

and i hope you kept that chair.
Bipedalguy (75.67.182.104) -- Monday, December 17 2007, 01:40 pm

Wasn't long ago,

when I had the same experience, and the emotions involved were probably much the same. I felt a strong sense of so many things having become a part of the past.
This is a beautiful write. Bipe
 
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