Two Chairs
by Charles Inge
Charles Inge

Charles Inge lives with his wife in Granbury, Texas, in a house perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Granbury. Among the poets inspiring his earliest work were Robert Frost, Robinson Jeffers, Wallace Stevens, and William Carlos Williams. While extensive travel to Europe and the Middle East introduced him to a world of cultures beyond his own, his current work derives inspiration from the flora, fauna and humans encountered daily about his home.

Charles Inge holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. His work has appeared in The Willow Creek Journal, Legacies, and Granbury Showcase magazines, and he was a contributor for several years to the annual anthology of Granbury’s Chips Off the Writers Bloc. He was a featured poet in the 2006-2007 Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas (Volume 3), and has just published a collection of poems entitled Brazos View.

Two chairs on
  an old front porch,
two chairs
  at the river's edge,
two chairs
  at roadside places
here and there,
  or our two chairs
at bluffside here,
  it's two chairs
side by side

What a fuss
  we make about life,
trying to get it
  figured out--
where to stand
  where to sit,
trying to get
  at the nub of it--
and these two chairs
  just sitting there
so plainly say
  what it's all about.

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