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The Chair
Raining Cats And Dogs by Colin Baker Do you believe in metaphors coming true ? [187 words]
Lilic Dreams by Amarjit Bhambra I aways loved the colour Lilic - lilics are full of dreams. [99 words]
Decider by Randall Barfield This poem was composed after a slow reading of Green River, Running Red by Ann Rule, the world's foremo... [169 words]
...Changes... by Luis Felipe Moura Life will never be the same. [193 words]
Frostbite by Michael J Musto - [48 words]
The Things We Go Through by Carla Thomson The person that this is talking about is me... when it says "you" it's talking about m... [171 words]
I'm A Bitch! by Carla Thomson ok... this is about me, how i lost my verginaty to my friend's guy, and how i feel about that... [297 words]
What's It Like To Be by Andrews - [22 words]
What Is Justice Of Mr. Nguyen And The Prince Of Arabia? by Amarjit Bhambra What is the Justice in the World compared with Mr. Nguy... [119 words]
What If? by Danae Bonomini - [134 words]
Waiting In Limbo by Briony Carvalho For my mum. [89 words]
Verbosity by Briony Carvalho Got bored and fancied writing a silly poem for a giggle! [53 words]
Unwanted Happiness by C Stretch This is somebody who is used to pain and rejection all her life. So once she finds "happines... [69 words]
Ultimately At Your Service by Rae - [82 words]
Ugly by Elizabeth Flores Not really my usual style, but it's just something I had on my mind and this is how it came out:) [109 words]
Two Birds Of Paradise by Kendall Wilt For the lovers. Fictional poetry. [73 words]
Troubled Insecurities by C Stretch - [170 words]
Time To Get Serious? by Curious - [70 words]
This Feeling by C Stretch Trying to explain how I feel and why for this certain somebody. [88 words]
Thinking About Your Leaves by Sasu - [117 words]
There Was An Old Woman Who Lived In A Shoe by Nikki Mont Louis - [46 words]
The Soul Alone by Wasted Time - [152 words]
The Silence by Brian C Lebron - [27 words]
The Mountain Of Hope by Matthew Mark Gill The New Life What we all yearn for in life! [100 words]
The Lotus by Brian C Lebron Haiku. [6 words]
Talented by Matthew Mark Gill Lyrics Music artist see's the goodness inside and the feelings that enter his lyrics! What's left is talent. [67 words]
Something To Think About by C Stretch I didn't know what to call it... Just tell me what you think. [31 words]
Since You've Gone by Iain Spittles Curious got me all curious about my own emotions over lost exes, so I dug into them a little.... [49 words]
Second Chance At Life by C Stretch In my world history class, we were assigned a Timed writing. And the subject was 'reincar... [130 words]
Santa's Coming Hide! by Matthew Mark Gill Claus Santa is on his way to hand out gifts to all that believe. [82 words]
Reviews by Curious Someone mentioned that some of the comments I received might make material for a poem, took that and we... [830 words]
Realization Smacks Hard by C Stretch When I realized the person I thought was loyal to me, was really the complete opposite.... [84 words]
Presidental Misconduct by Kendall Wilt Another Haiku to throw in the stew.Just having a laugh at the world around us. Might as ... [18 words]
Power Trip by Matthew Mark Gill Great Life Dedicated to the most powerful guy on earth our president! [83 words]
Playground by Curious - [53 words]
Over And Over by Danae Bonomini - [66 words]
One Day At A Time by Dri Reflections on my new life in the USA. Starting all over again is not always easy but not ent... [123 words]
Once-In-A-Lifetime Offer by C Stretch - [77 words]
Nothing To Do by C Stretch Bored, waiting for someone to pick me up and to escape from all the adults asking me things. [64 words]
Not Again by Curious - [115 words]
Needless by Rae - [60 words]
Moments by Luis Felipe Moura When love makes all the difference... [148 words]
Mistaken Identity by Curious Removed a line, thanks for the suggestion. [47 words]
Mississippi Love by Mia Angello - [53 words]
Marry Go Round by Matthew Mark Gill Give Me A Push Girl learns that she shouldn't be everyone's escort... [94 words]
Love Is Pain by Shantal Thomas - [118 words]
Listerine My Dear by Kendall Wilt Haiku for you. Please take action. [14 words]
Later On by Danae Bonomini - [92 words]
L - O - V - E by C Stretch Any type of relationship have their flaws.. [34 words]
Kissing My Mind by Buxton A tragic love poem. [131 words]
Jake For Goodness Sake by Shantal Thomas - [79 words]
It's That Time Of Year by D G Williford Memories, smells, sounds of Christmas to a young girl. [197 words]
In My Head Thoughts Of You by Andrews - [50 words]
I Will Never Be Him by Kimmberlee A Wolf - [92 words]
I Feel So Used by Carla Thomson - [116 words]
Hollow Heart by M Q Walters And if your life at home Is in a hollow heart It’s wasted on an old mans tears. [77 words]
Heroes And Villains by John Roberts A short 'ditty' that came to mind while working on a project for the local police force. [186 words]
Heartbreaker by Briony Carvalho Another attempt at rhyming - bit of a jokey one (makes a change from my terminally depressive ones... [97 words]
Hated I Shall Be by C Stretch - [58 words]
Gooodbye To You by Andrews - [47 words]
Game by Uche Peter Umez A look at a night in a brothel. [23 words]
Fragrance by Uche Peter Umez Affection for a beloved. [24 words]
Field Of Flowers by Andrews - [59 words]
Dying Star by C Stretch One of my earilest piece of writing... IT SUCKS!! TT_TT. [24 words]
Distraction by Rachel Alden - [78 words]
Death-Stained Love by C Stretch - [36 words]
Dancing With You by Luis Felipe Moura Have you ever wanted just one dance with the one you love? [158 words]
Christmas Time by Andrews - [52 words]
Chorus Of Love by Briony Carvalho My first attempt at a proper old school rhyming poem - one about losing 'the one' [116 words]
Calling Out To Death by C Stretch It's old... I'm not as desperate to die anymore.. [251 words]
Butterfly Love by Briony Carvalho - [90 words]
Bah Humbug by Curious - [14 words]
Attraction by Luis Felipe Moura An attempt to describe what cannot be explained. [116 words]
Angel Man by Mia Angello - [72 words]
And No-One Else by Ian Tronco - [69 words]
And I'm Still Learning.... by C Stretch A very old writing of mine.. I never really like my crap that I write.. I d k.. Some... [133 words]
All That I Am by C Stretch I don't know what I was writing about.. Or what I even trying to say in it... [78 words]
Abandon by Mia Angello - [41 words]
A Reflection Of Tomorrow by Brian C Lebron - [63 words]
A Little Bit Of Limbo by Curious - [33 words]
A Hard Place To Be by Curious Consolidating some of my stuff, sorry about that. [97 words]

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TITLE (EDIT)
The Chair
DESCRIPTION
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[235 words]
AUTHOR
Colin Baker
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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[October 2014]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
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The Chair
Colin Baker




Like a shuffling caterpillar we enter the room.
Our sole source of daylight, a generous arched window
looking out upon a troubled ocean.
Books, paintings, furnishings are all just so,
whilst paint and polish odours
dance merrily hither and thither.


Presently, my gaze wanders to the room's centre.
There, glazed in a yellowing autumnal shadow,
and as clean as a seashell,
a confident looking chintz chair.
It stares at us.
As if daring any one of us
to challenge its presence.
No one does of course.
Not audibly anyhow.
Pressing button five on
my audio guide keypad,
I listen.


[ play guide ]


' In this room is the chair.
The very chair in which the Duke of Wellington,
( Lord Warden ) died, in 1852, following a stroke '


[ pause guide ]


With the chair's identity known,
I wrestle to unfrown many questions.
Is death exclusive to this room ?
Exclusive to this chair ?
Exclusive to Wellington ?
Why immortalise a 'Lord Warden' ?
Why ignore countless others ?


A man died Monday morning, while shopping at Tescos.
Collapsed by the tinned soups like a felled animal.
Will a modest crowd be gathered at Tescos two centuries from now,
- audio guides to hand -
attending an account of this deceased shopper's life ?
Why was our shopper not buried in a sarcophagus ?
Was he any less deserving ?
Was he any less a human being ?
Was the price too prohibitive ?
Was Wellington simply a class act ?
So too his funeral ?
(His)tory....Simply bursting with questions.


[ play guide ]








 

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"cool you could take something as mundane as a chair and make a quite interesting read. as for the duke, well something about celebrity isn't there, perhaps more so in the uk than most places (that isn't meant as a mean comment btw)." -- curious.
"Hi again curious and thank you so much for reading and commenting. It was indeed quite an initial task to focus upon a chair but then again it was and still is a chair ( currently housed in Walmer Castle, Kent, South East England) that is significant to my mind as a symbol of cross-cutting class divisions within society in 19th century Britain. The Duke in my view was a representative of a ruling class (hence the play on words about the funeral) and is recorded in history because all ruling elites like to extol the virtues of their own political representatives. I don't think therefore it was so much a matter of being a celebrity if nothing else because such an ideology was not in existence then. He may well be regarded as a kind of postumus one today however, who knows..One thing is certain, he is still regarded as a symbolic figure in English history, but one must always pose the question : 'symbolic to whom' ? Thanks again for reading / commenting Regards, Colin" -- Colin Baker.
"Interesting little piece, although your question has been asked by many and many times as well. The answer as to why one human being's life (and death in this example) should be more important than another's is quite simple. Only intellectual dreamers bored with the realities of life try to make this comparison seem complex. Once again, it's human nature. People (both peasants and elite alike) are interested in the famous and infamous - period. How much do you think the semen-stained dress of Monica Lewinsky would bring on an EBay auction? " -- Richard.
"By the way, you have emulated in this piece, the writings of so many in the past two centuries who have repeatedly said something about nothing, which amounts to nothing about nothing. I suggest you try reading G.K. Chesterson who explains this far better than I can in his book entitled "Heretics."" -- Richard.

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STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
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