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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
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 SuperHighway.com 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 www.douglassteelepoetry.com