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Across the room across many rooms

Since 1830 it waits    stoically

Puckered leather back

Sunken a bit from rocking

About an inch    or some inches

Lower for the smaller ones

The armrests’    well-worn finish

Buffeted to golden

Down to their essence

So long at rest     hands

That reached for the rounded

Scroll-like knobs

Over almost two centuries


By all the tug and lift

That helped us rise


Jean Cassidy  2023

art and education, family history, wnc poetry, women arts, women writers

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