A green chair

green chair

 

with oaky

armrests,

wide comfortable

looking

 

is parked next

to me in the

math classroom

 

Reserved For

Berta Holtz

a bold sign says

 

sticking out

from the

classroom’s

conformity.

 

The seat is

woven green

manmade

material,

 

Its area

three times

my chair’s

sitting area.

 

A rip in

the green

plastic back

cushion

 

shamelessly

displays a

white fir

frame.

 

Sturdy legs

chromed

dust layered

by time

 

a strong metal

support

made to

hold a ton.

 

Expecting

a baby elephant

trampling

into class

 

and placing

her weight

next to me

onto this

 

the chrome

plastic

and wood

resting area

 

I move

to the outer

limits of

the desk.

 

Berta is:

late

110 lbs

handicapped.

 

I am

disappointed.

She could

have easily

 

fit on me

the pretty

armless

polished chair.

helmut s. 9/21/97

…and have a most beautiful day, every day!