The Chair Incident

 

Chair tilted back

on the brink of disaster

balances delicately

rocks back, forward

on smooth, hard floor

Concentration on swaying, balancing

instead of reading the English Assignment

Fourteen-year old, tall, gangly boy

dangles feet just above the floor

precariously perched until

finally I burst out

“Put…the chair…on the…floor!”

SLAM! Front chair legs land abruptly

Big, teenage eyes calmly look at me

What will he say?

Quietly then, “I wasn’t going to fall.”

Exasperated answer, “We have thirty-minutes to do this assignment!”

Growling so as not to show my real concern

I’ve seen people fall backwards when the chair slips

concussions, cracked skulls, pain, wasted time…all because

someone believed they could control

two metal chair legs on smooth floors

 

 

TR

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s