Poem: Furniture Endures

tonight the old couch with new cushions
holds red feathers between its seams

seems like it could fly
or stretch talons into black stilettos
of matching leather
                         thrown out of the bedroom

the boa was discarded before the chain
on the front door was secured

the couch has seen somebody murdered
its arms have held someone who survived

               and supported half a dozen sex lives

as it listens to its mistress gasp & cry
an unfamiliar name

                          the couch thanks god
for charity shops & curbside scavengers

the couch says

Written in response to the fifth of Big Tent Poetry’s prompts for the first week of National Poetry Month.
Big Tent Poetry

Incidentally, I never do spell “stiletto” in the dictionary-standard way on the first try.

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