The Chair

The Chair

A Poem by Einstein Noodle

                                               The Chair


found homeless and wasting
riddled with the bugs

bugs of time and want and damp green
moss

found bundled in crumbling outer skins
water drifted with
 
heart red    -   and real   -   and
cedar scent         -         

belligerent 
kicking like asses 
in refusal.

brittle arms gone    -   or broken      -
push gnarly, knotted lumping pain 
long ago ... 

a stump ... of stubborn clinging

it

lays on it's side defiant to all the winds ............
winds of north and winds of south relentlessly 
pursuing the smoothing ... glossing picture of wild abandon


i took them in


i took them all and put them
put them big and small into my own fitting designs
hacking and sawing with gnats and hog wallows grabbing attentions
pulling, hauling, trudging up to the reckoning 

i began

with wire brush then
 on a spindle whirling and whirling dust of 
maybe a hundred years ... who can tell ... i was busy ... i didn't care
it was the heart and intent of that tree i wanted
searched for   -    and 
found ..................... it
formed ........................it 
bathed ..................... it 

fit it,  
glued it and screwed it .....

formed now 
to each other


E
10/30/2019



© 2019 Einstein Noodle


Author's Note

Einstein Noodle
The picture is of my first attempt at building a chair. It is made from dead fall cedar that I harvested from out back and down the holler....an adventure all in itself ;)


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E., perhaps because I'm a woodworker, I found a special meaning in this work (image and poem). You've crafted here what is not only love of nature, especially fallen trees, but the love in taking something broken, abandoned, left for dead, and making it a centerpiece in our world. I think we have God-gifted humans who do the same with others. I think of the social service workers, mental health professionals and others who see value and redeeming qualities even in the most broken and beaten. An extraordinary, handcrafted masterpiece.

Posted 1 Year Ago


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Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

yes yes yes ... spot on insights my caring friend!! several others here are also woodworkers .. what.. read more



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I think this poem also speaks to humanity's ability to change, craft, and manipulate nature. We flatten hills, fly, create art etc. Sometimes we do this for foolish reasons but many times we create something beautiful as you did in this poem.

Posted 6 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

6 Months Ago

how true how true .. foolish is a good word for some of the things we change and the way we change t.. read more
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Perfect narrative. You have built perfect verses for a beautiful and simple theme. You are a brilliant author. Congratulations!

Posted 7 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

7 Months Ago

wow! thank you sir .. not so sure about brilliant tho :))))))))) nice to meet you Heider .. i'll hea.. read more
This really moved me E. The process of your healing the chair as I see it brought you two together in some understanding of a bonding of sorts. I always say inanimate objects have energy and we do bond to/with them in a way...I could see, feel and smell the chair even from your descriptions within this poem, you are a brilliant writer! :)

Posted 10 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

10 Months Ago

thank you so much Ruth ..i believe it too ... its the energy in all things i think ... when we touch.. read more
Preserving something you love, no matter what condition, like a deep relationship with it, makes you feel useful and together as one. Nice!

Posted 10 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

10 Months Ago

yes it does ... when i work with wood .. i am conscious of the oils in my hands working into it ... .. read more
Betty Hermelee

10 Months Ago

I got this one yay!!! Fondly, Betty
Einstein Noodle

10 Months Ago

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I enjoyed this poem, dear E, but even more the attached photograph and the result of your harvesting of the dead and broken tree. It's wonderful to give something old and used a new lease of life with a little TLC; we live in such a world where wastage is very extreme, so its lovely to see you take the time and care to gather these pieces and remake them into a new form. In a way, this poem can be a metaphor for ourselves; we can reach a point in life where we may find ourselves unwanted and discarded and all it takes is a little love and care to restore us to our true selves again. So, well done with this poem and lovely crafting in the picture! Much enjoyed! :)

Posted 10 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

10 Months Ago

thank you Jamila, for your very kind words .. i love where you take this ... i retired about 6-7 yrs.. read more
Two masterpieces I see here... no make that three... the chair, the poem and poet... bravo!

Posted 11 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

11 Months Ago

awwwwwwwww you make be blush! thank you so much for this encouragement ... not surprised you like th.. read more
sharonlee

11 Months Ago

The end table sounds like an exciting project!
There is something very special about natural.. read more
Einstein Noodle

11 Months Ago

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I have found that people who write poetry have other artistic abilities. Little did I know you were a skilled craftsman as well! Your poem is a beautiful tribute, a testament to this wonderful creation. I am especially fond of natural looking furniture and trees. The tender loving care You put into building this exquisite piece shines and your words allow us a peek into your journey of creating it. Simply wonderful on both counts E.

Posted 11 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

11 Months Ago

thank you Dara .. you are so kind and incredibly encouraging to me this morning ... so humbled and g.. read more
Remindes me of the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi, which centers around the beauty of imperfection and transience, acknowledging three statements-- nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.
You using the cedar tree to craft this beautiful chair gave it a new life, proving that there is potential and power even in imperfect things to yield something beautiful. The imperfection didnot lessen the beauty of the tree, rather the contrary, as now it's not only a great chair but also a symbol of your skill and potential!
The beauty of the tree is transient, but the chair lives on for much longer. And even after the chair has faded from existence, the poem, and the memory of that poem in all our hearts would live on, so now it's not just reflective of your mettle as a poet, but also of us as readers.
You just didn't give another life to the tree, you gave it 3 new lives, each more beautiful that the previous one, because each new one is imbued with more memories, and has touched more people!

Posted 11 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

11 Months Ago

oh my goodness Moon's Fairest!!! how you have blessed and humbled me this morning ... what a treat t.. read more
I love this write! My Dad was a carpenter but he was also an "artist" with wood just as you are. Thank you for this special write. ~Sharon

Posted 1 Year Ago


Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

thank you Sharon! i am so surprised by all the responses on this one .. from so many who either work.. read more
Quite beautiful
My friend my grandpa
My Dads father
was good at building
creating beauty from
wood so was my dad.


And my brother is
good at building he used
to a lot when he worked
at home depot he
would build porches
and so much.

The
men in my family are
good with their hands.

But now
my oldest brother does
things with computers
and technology stuff,

He's extremely
Intelligent with a
big head but I love him
all the same 😊


This really made me
think of the joy and work
of making something from the
heart quite amazing.



i was busy ... i didn't care
it was the heart and intent of that tree i wanted
searched for - and
found ..................... it
formed ........................it
bathed ..................... it

fit it,
glued it and screwed it .....

formed now
to each other


Posted 1 Year Ago


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Benita-Staebell M - KindredPoet

1 Year Ago

Merry Christmas ⛄❄ 🎉
and happy New year's to
you my friend and it's no
p.. read more
Einstein Noodle

1 Year Ago

as we all should :)............

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