The Company Chairman

The Company Chairman

A Poem by RWE


I am your company chairman,

Crafted mahogany perfection,

Cut and shaped from straight grain,

An antique high-back in ancient stain;

Mere furniture, your chairman I am.

 

I am your late-night Café comfort,

A throne for you and your court,

To lounge and savor your snooty sips,

Sculpted wood beneath steamy lips;

Mere adornment, your chairman I am.

 

I am nature’s fallen child in full measure;

A resurrected fell tree--imagined treasure,

Carved, twisted, polished straight grain.

Dead mahogany embraced, useful I remain;

A bum bench, I am your company chairman.


© 2018 RWE



Author's Note

RWE
First draft of newest poem. I look forward to reading your interpretations. More depth here than even I understand. Maybe just junk on screen?

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I shall never look at my kitchen chairs again in quite the same way.
I probably disappeared off into my own tangent here, but I wandered into the thought we never give to all the work that is done for our comfort, yet never recognised. We can be such a "gimme gimme gimme" society, that we never take time to think of others.
Really enjoyed this.


Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

RWE

6 Months Ago

We're thinking alike. It's a valid observation. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.
Lorry

6 Months Ago

My pleasure.



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Nothing says CEO, cigar, brandy and authority quite like mahogany. Thumbs up, Ray.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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RWE

6 Months Ago

Thank you, sir!
Amazing Robert! I really enjoyed this poem. My favorite line was late-nite cafe comfort because I enjoy being that for my lady. LOL Yet, honestly you show the chair's evolution cycle with the first stage of cutting it from the forest to it ending up in your wonderful house. Keep up the good work.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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RWE

6 Months Ago

Thanks much, Corey. I appreciate you taking a few minutes to read and share your thoughts.
A great tribute to an object so taken for granted! Nice job

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

RWE

6 Months Ago

Thanks very much!
hm mostly about the chairman ...cemented in old ways and means ..could wax political maybe ..and even dodge a jab or two at social media ... but that damn chairman is a horror ..really glad i never ran into him during my work years ...guess i was lucky ...the closest to him was much younger, dynamic and focused ... he came from a number of previous revamping and left them all after the changes angered many of the employees .. i think that was part of the plan...wages and benefits cut ..people let go ..then he leaves and takes all that righteous employee anger with him...leaving no one left at the particular institution to be mad at ;{ i come a way with a very distinct image of your chairman ..not sure about a deeper meaning
E.

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

RWE

6 Months Ago

E, "your very distinct" image is all that matters. As you well know, every poem has as many interpr.. read more
I definitely get a sense of humor from this piece. The title and the fact that I believe you're describing furniture/ or comparing furniture to a company title both intrigues and confuses me.

"To lounge and savor your snooty sips" - favorite line, enjoyed the snarkism

Posted 6 Months Ago


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RWE

6 Months Ago

Vera, thank you for another thoughtful review. Though I don't write to deliberately "confuse," I ex.. read more
Read this before, had to think: you must be 'into' wood - the real and beautiful kind.. but, i don't see the words as revolving around that. See it more as the man who stands for what's right, perhaps someone who watches life from the sidelines, needing things to be done to rule or for the good of others. Or not! Perhaps the company chairman bends to people's needs, because that would be thought the right thing to do- still useful, still available. Bewiildered salf now!

Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

RWE

6 Months Ago

Emma, thank you for another thoughtful review. You make me think about my own work, usually deeper .. read more
I like the personification of the chair, the poem has a good swing to it. If, as you say this is a draft, I think you could extend upon the the things such an object may bear witness to in its lifetime... I’d definitely be curious to know what secrets a grand mahogany chair might be privy to!

Posted 6 Months Ago


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RWE

6 Months Ago

Thank you, Elle. I'd considered a few changes but was concerned about adding anything. Readers have.. read more
God damn Robert Ray man. You're getting very good at this whole poetry thing.

Either you worked very hard or you have a natural talent for balancing structure and flow.

Well done my friend.

Posted 6 Months Ago


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RWE

6 Months Ago

Thanks much! I'm an impatient man. So, I don't spend much time on any poem. The thoughts swirl arou.. read more
This poem shows the way your mind works in mysterious ways. I love to watch you making these cryptic connections, even if I don't fully understand your intent. I love the way the chair is used as a symbol thru-out, tho in different ways for each stanza. Also enjoy your touch of sassy attitude ("snooty sips")! *smile* Fondly, Margie

Posted 6 Months Ago


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RWE

6 Months Ago

Margie, thank you for another kind review. It had so many thoughts when I writing this one, and it'.. read more
I shall never look at my kitchen chairs again in quite the same way.
I probably disappeared off into my own tangent here, but I wandered into the thought we never give to all the work that is done for our comfort, yet never recognised. We can be such a "gimme gimme gimme" society, that we never take time to think of others.
Really enjoyed this.


Posted 6 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

RWE

6 Months Ago

We're thinking alike. It's a valid observation. Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.
Lorry

6 Months Ago

My pleasure.

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