Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Balanced Mind with Julie Potiker

Embracing the World Around You with poem "Two Chairs No One Sits In"

November 23, 2020

Your guided meditation practice - is a moment of self-care. Join Julie Potiker as she leads you on a journey through your senses where you'll embrace the world around you. The meditation concludes with the reading of the poem, "The Chairs That No One Sits In", by Billy Collins. Sit back, relax, enjoy.


“The Chairs That No One Sits In” by Billy Collins


You see them on porches and on lawns down by the lakeside,

usually arranged in pairs implying a couple who might sit there and

look out at the water or the big shade trees.


The trouble is you never see anyone sitting in these forlorn chairs
though at one time it must have seemed
a good place to stop and do nothing for a while.


Sometimes there is a little table between the chairs where no one
is resting a glass or placing a book face down.

It may not be any of my business, but let us suppose one day

that everyone who placed those vacant chairs on a veranda or a dock sat down in them
if only for the sake of remembering what it was they thought deserved

to be viewed from two chairs,side by side with a table in between.


The clouds are high and massive on that day. The woman looks up from her book.
The man takes a sip of his drink. Then there is only the sound of their looking,

the lapping of lake water, and a call of one bird then another, cries of joy or warning—
it passes the time to wonder which.


“The Chairs That No One Sits In” by Billy Collins from Aimless Love. © Random House, 2013.


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