The Hideous Chair Poem by Erin Belieu

The Hideous Chair

Rating: 3.5


This hideous,
upholstered in gift-wrap fabric, chromed
in places, design possibility

for the future canned ham.
Its genius
wonderful, circa I993.

I've assumed a great many things:
the perversity of choices, affairs
I did or did not have.

But let the record show
that I was happy.

O let the hideous chair

stand! For the Chinese apothecary
with his roots and fluids;
for Paoul at the bank;

for the young woman in Bailey's Drug,
expert on henna; and Warren Beatty,
tough, sleek stray. For Fluff and Flo,

drunk at noon, and the Am Vets lady
reading her Vogue, the cholos
on the corner where the 57 bus comes by,

for their gratifying, cool appraisal
and courtly manner when I pass.
Let the seat be comfortable

but let the chair be hideous
and stand against the correct,
hygienic, completely proper

subdued in taxidermied elegance.
Let me have in any future
some hideous thing to love,

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Edward Kofi Louis 11 April 2018

Some hideous thing to love! Thanks for sharing.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 11 April 2018

Erin, such a great write👍👍👍

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Aftab Alam Khursheed 28 February 2015

subdued in taxidermied elegance. Let me have in any future some hideous thing to love, nice

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Appreciative 11 April 2018

This poem highlights the proper place for a chair that is out there.

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Dr Antony Theodore 04 June 2020

but let the chair be hideous and stand against the correct, hygienic, completely proper. A very fine poem. tony

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Alix Mangerian 11 April 2018

Love makes even the most hideous of things beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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Anil Kumar Panda 11 April 2018

Beautiful poetry. Enjoyed thoroughly. Thanks for sharing.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 11 April 2018

Wonderful imaginary. Beautifully captured a hideous chair.

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Sylvaonyema Uba 11 April 2018

I've assumed a great many things. well communicated. Sylva-Onyema Uba.

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Erin Belieu

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Ohama / Nebraska
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