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The Empty Chair

Updated on September 14, 2012

The Empty Chair

I look at your chair,

I think to myself,

You should be there

Sitting in your chair.

For many years now,

I’ve looked at that chair,

Thinking its so unfair

That you’re not there in your chair.

I see your face

The innocence there

I remember you ate your cereal

There in your chair

My heart aces for you

The pain is always there,

It never leaves me it sits there

Sitting there just like you chair.

I am sad for what we missed,

I am sad you were gone so young,

But that will always be your chair

Waiting,just sitting there.

I have a son now

I named him after you,

When he sees your chair,

He always wants to sit there.

Holidays are hardest, filled with love and cheer

You are always with me

Sitting right there

Sitting in your chair.

What I wouldn’t give

To once more look over

And see your beautiful face

Sitting there smiling in your chair.

- Ruth McCollum

Copyright Ruth Mccollum 2011 all rights reserved

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    Ruth McCollum 4 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

    Thank you so much . You are very sweet! All of you.

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and awesome. Wonderful heartfelt sentiments.

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    Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

    I could so relate to this beautiful poem. My Dad had his favorite chair, and it made me sad to see it empty. His chair at the table never got used; it just wouldn't seem right that anyone sat in that chair.

    Beautiful poem I voted it UP, and shared.

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    You are right of course; we all have an empty chair that elicits memories, good and bad.....this is a beautiful poem Rusti; I can feel the love in this...and the sadness.

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    Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

    This is such a beautiful poem,thanks for sharing i enjoyed reading it .

    Vote up and more !!!

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    Longhunter 6 years ago

    I assume this was written about your child who's an angel now. It's beautiful. I'm looking forward to more of your writing and welcome to HubPages.