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Obsolescence

Started this years ago – as I watched a very old man with very sad eyes – sitting in a chair on the curb – trying to wave at traffic though mostly nobody noticed his efforts.  Finished it recently, because now I believe I can more fully feel with my heart what his eyes were saying.  Middle age can be enlightening – good or bad….one learns.

chairs in a row

A chair, quietly sitting in its typical place, being a chair

Looking as it always does, it’s pretty but blends in

Fulfilling the purpose of its design, to be of some help

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A chair, quietly waiting nearby, ready to be used

Feeling as it always does, hopeful to serve another

Fulfilling the purpose of its purchase, to be a comfort

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A chair, quietly watching things, without comment

Thinking as it always does, that people should sit

Fulfilling the purpose of its placement, to be inviting

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A chair, quietly smiling joyfully, as another rests there

Hoping as it always does, that they find its shelter enough

Fulfilling the purpose of its owner, to lighten another’s load

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A chair, quietly rocking to and fro, as it is carried to the road

Curious what it did to be discarded, when it still works well

Fulfilling all others sought, to find its reward is obsolescence

Karen Quinn 1998/2013

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