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Chairs and Tables - A Poem

Updated on September 5, 2014

This poem started off as a bit of an innocent observation. I'm starting at uni in a few days time so you can see where the inspiration has come from.

But then it suddenly took a bit more of a cynical route...

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Chairs and tables, it's all the same.

Except when we were five they were a little bit smaller

And and as we grew, they did too.

Now a desk needs room for more:

A computer, a tower of papers and forms.

There should be a law

in place to limit workload

'cause my tower's getting so high I can't see over anymore.


But the guilty truth is,

I kind of like it that way.

Because hidden behind paper I'm hidden from pain.

And if you get lost in it deep enough,

you can't even see that same old desk that grew with you.


If you get lost in it deep enough, you begin to forget

That you're stuck in this cycle that will never end.


If you get lost in it deep enough, you can live so many lives,

One story, one case, one job at a time.


But if you get lost in it deep enough...

It's got you.


This guilty pleasure started when you were five years old,

Staring at the paper with your name in bold.


Trace over it careful now,

Don't slip outside the lines.

You'll learn that as you get older,

Be careful with that paper,

And whatever you do,

Don't slip outside the lines.


We wouldn't want that now would we?


Chairs and tables, it's all the same.

And I am trying so hard no to like it that way.

But it's all I've ever known.

Take Your Ground - a song of mine about breaking out of that cycle

© 2014 Amy Naylor

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      Amy Naylor 3 years ago from England

      Thank you Jamie! That means a lot :)

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Love your poem and your music, thank you for introducing me. Jamie

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      Amy Naylor 3 years ago from England

      Haha, thank you Billy, I appreciate that! :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very nice, Amy! I love that you are willing to put yourself out there for others to see. It says a great deal about you...and I love your song. You would have fit in quite nicely with us in the coffee shops of the 60s. :)

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      Amy Naylor 3 years ago from England

      Thank you very much!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Love the poem and the song! The poem reminds me of an old song , "When I was small and Christmas trees were tall." You're so right, it's not about the future, it's the here and now. Good luck with your music.