This Old Couch

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Ellen's picture

This old couch
Now aged brown instead of ecru
Sits in our family room
Smirking with memories
Of candle wax
And broken glass
That slivered skin
And brought blood
Between us so long ago
As we lay
Drinking in each other
On its then plump pillows.

It remembers how you leapt
To your feet
And ran off
Leaving me alone
With the sounds of running water
And banging doors,
Only to return with a bandaged foot
And no explanation
As you crouched in the dark
And rubbed the carpet with a wet towel.

It slumps against the wall,
Smugly,
Recalling that you expected
The evening then to continue
Where it left off
Because you could ignore the pain,
And how I could not leave it at that
And had to know that the candle
Had exploded sending shards of glass
Onto the carpet where our feet nestled.
The rest was self explanatory.

This old couch crouches in the corner
With arms open,
Reminiscing about that one moment
That led to years of spooning
While watching our favorite TV shows
And caused an endless string of
Parties full of boisterous friends
With overfull wine glasses
Who crashed into its roughening cushions.

It listens now with surprise
As it becomes the subject of sentences
Ending with the term “refuse,”
Yet it still sits
Against the wall
Smirking, crouching and remembering
More than twenty years on.
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Ellen
Ever learning, Everlasting