Howard Johnson

Empty Chairs

A large willow tree
Still budding
With small leaves
Taking in warmth
and the suns rays

Set back from the
Well traveled street
Narrow lane
leading to
A enchanted white house

Generously shaded
By that starting
Willow tree

Away from it all
Noise and fury

A table mostly white
Its age is shown
By the bleeding rust

Its companions
Too similar chairs
The severity of winter
has left its punishing touch

Their forms
rugged and sound
Years of resting
On that paved brick ground

On the top
A cloth
Of colors
Filled with streaking
Lavander, Crimson and white

On that cloth
For my thirst
A glass dew dripped,
Filled with ice and lemonade

In this beauty
there I sit
With an empty seat
Enjoying the gentleness
Of this place.

Poem Submitted: Friday, May 2, 2008
Poem Edited: Monday, September 15, 2008

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Comments about Empty Chairs by Howard Johnson

  • Adeline FosterAdeline Foster (6/11/2012 11:49:00 AM)

    Interesting format but, yes, very restful and nostalgic. Read mine - Forgotten Old Cabin -
    Adeline

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  • Joseph S. Josephides (iosif S. Iosifidis) (9/23/2008 8:48:00 AM)

    Thanks for sharing, dear Howard Johnson. A poem of a gentle loneliness, a descent attitude, of enjoying the small and precious things and facts of life (it talks with my poem THE WINDOW) . Well structured, well done. I give it 9++.
    Joseph Josephides
    Member of the International Society of Poets (ISP) Int.Lib.Poetry awarded

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  • Hana KHana K (9/22/2008 7:01:00 PM)

    God loves patient people.
    And He let me read this beautiful poem of yours after went through those brain-killing tests!
    Your poem makes my day beautiful!
    Thanks for offering

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  • Leah Dsouza (9/5/2008 4:54:00 AM)

    your creativity shows even if u hide it.

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  • Ashley Guthrie (7/19/2008 9:23:00 PM)

    ur poem was very descriptive but i couldnt understand half of it

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  • Rayne Downe (6/5/2008 7:05:00 PM)

    Very serene. Descriptions are good. Creativity bursts from all angles of this poem, there was a bit of a digression towards the end but that always helps the structure and the element of surprise.

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  • Jolenish Fiber (5/25/2008 8:20:00 PM)

    jeesh, do you really need another comment! wow. very simple, good description with the 'bleeding rust' and such. serene.

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  • Shani Bogamuwa (5/24/2008 2:42:00 PM)

    I'm not sure what it's about
    (pardon me and my slowness)
    but I love your poem
    when I read it I get a sense of memories
    and such beautiful description.
    It's like slowly zooming out from the tree leaves to the entire
    good transition
    Thank you for sharing you poem with me

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  • Original Unknown Girl (5/22/2008 4:21:00 AM)

    Beautiful imagery here Howard. Really enjoyed. Your biog resonates too.. HG: -) xx

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  • Vidi WritesVidi Writes (5/15/2008 9:37:00 AM)

    The tree, ever budding
    Variety of ways of sensing.

    From Birth, till end
    Becomes a cause for a blend.

    An endless pursuit
    To one, who has his thirst.

    Ever offering cocktail
    Even at the hour of sole.

    All it needs to bear
    Is that empty chair.

    Its all about that love
    Enjoyed, Thank you.

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  • The Long Lost Dreamer of Dreams (5/14/2008 12:40:00 PM)

    i could actually picture what you were saying. well done.

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  • Lisa Engleman (5/14/2008 7:53:00 AM)

    I like that was nice

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  • Lisa Engleman (5/14/2008 7:52:00 AM)

    I like that was nice

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  • Osvaldo Roman (5/10/2008 7:05:00 PM)

    A beautiful write to me it seems that a sense of purity has been altered. I enjoyed the use of imagery and very lyrical
    -Osvaldo

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  • Alex Rios (5/9/2008 7:41:00 PM)

    It's really good! I give it a 10! !
    -Panda

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  • Jane Doe (5/9/2008 1:20:00 PM)

    It's good...really good. I usually hate poems like this...but I don't know what it is about yours...But I really like it...=P

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  • Triin Kann (5/8/2008 10:32:00 AM)

    this poem is like a gentle breeze... there must be a place like that somewhere... just brilliant

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  • Chellie Font (5/8/2008 9:01:00 AM)

    brilliant use of imagery...

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  • Diane Violet (5/8/2008 12:05:00 AM)

    Wow, I could picture everything perfectly through your words! Most excellent Howard!

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  • Leslie Schroeder (5/7/2008 8:49:00 PM)

    Amazing.
    You have a great imagination,
    insight into what was really in your mind is completely clear.
    I can see it all,
    in my head.
    Wonderful.

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