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The Chair on the Edge of the Stairs

May 10, 2014
By Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks


Hello chair
that sits near the stairs,
and tips back ever slowly.
One day I know,
it’s me that you’ll throw,
and chuck down the deadly road.
But your cushion’s so soft,
and I sit on you oft,
and your arms are carved so lightly.
Forgive me sweet dear,
for they say I should fear,
your presence so close to the brink.
If I was strong,
I’d move you along,
but for now I know you’ll stay.
So I’ll wait it out now,
and work my old plow,
so I may carry you away from the danger.


The author's comments:
I wrote this to signify a relationship between someone who is charming and comforting, but lives a dangerous or criminal life, and someone who loves that person, but needs to stay away. The second person wants to help them but doesn't have the power to do so.

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wingardium said...
on Jun. 25 2018 at 10:52 am
wingardium, Suwanee, Georgia
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I really liked how you used the person's attachment to the chair as a metaphor for a toxic relationship. I think you did a great job of portraying how hard it is for people to leave relationships because of the familiarity of their partners, even when they know that their partners are not good for them.

on Jul. 25 2014 at 1:57 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thanks soooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! XD

on Jul. 24 2014 at 5:35 pm
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
81 articles 5 photos 1492 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

Haha, I think I've commented on almost everything you've wrote and I'm glad. Again, thanks for sharing this. 

on Jul. 24 2014 at 5:34 pm
EmilytheBelleofA. DIAMOND, Athens, Georgia
81 articles 5 photos 1492 comments

Favorite Quote:
To love is to be vulnerable; Triumph is born out of struggle; We notice shadows most when they stand alone in the midst of overwhelming light.

Everyone on this webiste is so talented and leave me in awe of their talents. Liv.Harris, you're one of the people who leave me in awe. So good. I love this, because I can connect to this. Thank you, thank you for sharing this.

on May. 24 2014 at 10:29 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thanks for the feedback! XD

on May. 21 2014 at 7:38 am
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

thank u!  CX  

on May. 20 2014 at 7:50 pm
ShadowOfDarkness PLATINUM, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
20 articles 0 photos 40 comments

Favorite Quote:
Coute que coute(Cost What It May)

Just...write like this every time!!!!!! please! it makes me shiver with excitement.

on May. 20 2014 at 2:19 pm
WOWriting SILVER, Broadstairs, Other
5 articles 0 photos 266 comments
Really like this, has a hidden meaning behind it. when i read ur comment, i was a little surprised because i thought it was about the ins and outs of life and always living with risks and waiting on the soft, comforting chair of warmth and comfort and temptations until you die and are tipped off the chair. i now realise the chair is kind of a person and i like that :) i've said this already but please could u rate and comment my poem sometimes and article goodnight? thank u

on May. 18 2014 at 4:52 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thank you! CX

on May. 18 2014 at 2:18 pm
Olivia-Atlet ELITE, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri
324 articles 10 photos 1166 comments

Favorite Quote:
"To these the past hath its phantoms,
More real than solid earth;
And to these death does not mean decay,
But only another birth"
- Isabella Banks

Thnak you. Any advice?  XD

on May. 17 2014 at 1:10 pm
Sunshine2420 SILVER, Unknown, Other
9 articles 0 photos 173 comments

Favorite Quote:
A smile hides everything.

Pretty good stuff!

AmericaniumJ said...
on May. 13 2014 at 11:36 pm
AmericaniumJ, Eureka, Utah
0 articles 0 photos 46 comments

Favorite Quote:
Though she be but little, she is fierce!
-Shakespeare

I can feel as if I am in the chair! AMAZING!


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