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


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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 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

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



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In her book, “Mind of the Maker“, Dorothy L Sayers connects the human mind to the mind of God through the act of (creativity) creation. I’m simplifying her idea, but essentially she believes that is our ultimate connection, our way of understanding.

Your poem and its origin made me think of that this morning. I think it’s extraordinary what we can do when our imaginations are engaged. A tree that could have remained bug fodder for years becomes an heirloom by the work of your hands.

It’s beautiful work, by the way. Clearly not your initiation into woodworking! All of the first things I have attempted have been crooked and mostly useless, but I keep trying. There’s a perfect chair in my imagination that I will realize someday, ha.

I like where this poem’s idea takes me. With vision and determination we can shape something wonderful out of something found. It’s an excellent way of approaching the world.

Really enjoyed this, E.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

keep on tryin' says i, Ellis .. you certainly have the idea that will carry it through .. the connec.. read more
Eilis

2 Months Ago

I’ve a bit of a clumsy streak that carries through to everything, but I am determined, ha ha. I’.. read more
dear E... I adore the scent of Cedar and your Chair holds
ancient secrets that have a place in our heart. It is a symbol of
Geriatrics as we age. Our body has lovely gnarls but like Cedar...
we have extraordinary strength that comes from living a full life.
When someone takes the time to apply the resin to our soul.
We have a purpose to bring comfort to broken hearts that mourn.
truly, Pat


Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

you have a big heart Pat .. and it shines in your review .. thank you so much! when i start to feel .. read more
I took in the picture of the stunning chair and thought of the amazing almost mystical life of that old Cedar tree. Of the hundreds of myriad seasons it must have lived through, the bugs and beetles and battles it must have persevered through before it fell to the earth, that valiant and good tree. And in death it was useful too, preserved forever as that amazingly crafted chair. You brought it all to life, the tree, its persona and the magic of life itself...

Crafted beautifully...the chair and the poetry. Kudos from your twentieth but equally delighted and impressed reviewer!



Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

oh my...how you have made me day .. thank you thank you thank you :) that "valiant and good tree" .... read more
DIVYA

2 Months Ago

Enjoy that awesome, lovely chair E... :)
You are welcome and wished all good things.
I think we are the vessels through which other things are born. That chair needed your vision to give it life, and life you gave. I feel this way about poetry as well. So many times I write but feel someone else is guiding my hand. This is beautiful.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

its true Linda ... the muse strikes and we roll with it eh!? ;) your words remind me of an interview.. read more
and you gave it new life,while you enriched your own

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

spot on wordman!! spot on ... my blessing was ten fold throughout the whole thing ;) like being hono.. read more
 wordman

2 Months Ago

you`re welcome
You will thing it strange my friend, but these last few colder days i have been giving a stranger on the street some food and a kind word .... just my little way of helping.
Your chairs are strangers like him too, just a little love and nourishment is all that is needed to make them whole again.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

yes ... many times that is true .. love your heart in your review my friend ... we should all carry .. read more
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 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

yes yes yes ... spot on insights my caring friend!! several others here are also woodworkers .. what.. read more
As a woodworker myself I well appreciate all the labor involved and admire both the poem and the beautifully finished result'
BTW my grandson is following along the woodworking trail
Nicely done

Posted 2 Months Ago


Dave Brown

2 Months Ago

Hello again
Was there a product label you can pass on
Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

yes...its Smiths Clear Penetrating Resin .. try this link
http://www.smithandcompany.org/CPES.. read more
Dave Brown

2 Months Ago

Mucho Gratis.................
Some people see things others don't or wouldn't even consider. You have talent at creating not only poems but new life for what would be considered by many to be lost.

Nice job in both categories.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

thanks Relic ... i feel pretty humbled actually .. your review is a blessing ... glad you found valu.. read more
what a beautiful piece of carpentry and poetry, the lines fit together mm perfect flush, what a finely crafted chair,

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

thanks man! it was an adventure ... tho i do have a distant carpentry background this was my first a.. read more
gram linski

2 Months Ago

when I was a child there was an old man who lived next door with a tiny workshop in his shed, just q.. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

what a fine scene and characters... great memories gram! ..just made for the pen says i! ... did he .. read more

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