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William Padgett
I selected Christina Finn’s haiku because it hit a responsive chord with me. Just recently I lost a friend and colleague, Gary Trento, who painted a painting that hangs in my house at the bottom of my staircase. In it are two empty Adirondack chairs, looking off somewhere, while resting in front of a large wall of lush evergreen trees. I see that painting every day and it constantly reminds me of a wonderful poem by Billy Collin titled “The Chairs That No One Sits In,” in which Adirondack chair pairs are awaiting their occupants. Both Gary and Billy beautifully created their Adirondack chairs moments, now it was my turn. I went deep from Finn’s verbal cues, especially “positioned dutifully / worship mother sun,” which took me back to one of the first times people worshiped the sun at STONEHENGE and then brought it to where we are today with CHAIRHENGE, still worshipping.

Adirondack chairs
positioned dutifully
worship mother sun

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