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The Brown Chair by Doug Steel

The Brown Chair

by Doug Steele

Its a worn brown reclining chair
That rocks with a speaking-squeak
faded brown towels drape the arms

As if to keep the unjust world off
Pushing it away
Not letting it soil life’s fabric

As my father did
He beat back the bad things
His entire journey

In the end
He restlessly sat in his brown chair.
Telling stories of:

The great depression with simply not enough
The bloody war that shaped a generation and cost him an eye.
The fabulous 50’s paved in gold

Now he’s gone.
And that little brown chair shares my space
Squeak-speak-singing of a life not forgotten

Doug Steele is a lifetime Wisconsin resident. His prose and free verse have been featured in numerous print and on-line publications including Maudlin House Magazine, Gambling the Isle, Straylight Literary Magazine, and Sediments Literary Arts Journal. Douglas was named “Poet of the Week” by Poetry for the week of February 15th 2016. He is a media personality, broadcaster, member of the Pauquette Wordcrafters, and a member of the Academy of American Poets. Doug’s recent Chapbook “Rivers, Streams, and Dreams” was released in December 2015. His work can be purchased at