Summer/Fall 1997 • Vol. XIX No. 3/4 PoetryJuly 1, 1997 |

Two Chairs on a Hillside

"Look up. And tell me what you see."           "I see two chairs on a hillside.           What are they doing there?" "Through good days and bad, two sat there having a conversation. Flowers grew up around them, vines twined around their chairs. They didn't seem to care, but moved the chairs higher or lower to adjust the view of rushing streams and valleys, a town that they both knew. Autumn approached, the hillside changing color, and still they stayed, feeling the change within themselves. Their talk was a thread unspooling, leading them where it would. Sometimes one lost the thread, her mind for a moment blank, and then she'd find herself, again pick up the thread. With the first chill wind, their bare hands touched, as if to reassure. They braced themselves, pulling their coats closer, as snow fell through the air, whitening all they said."           "And so they stayed all winter?" "They did. Shiver

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Elizabeth Spires’s books include The Wave Maker, Now the Green Blade Rises, and Worldling. She lives in Baltimore and teaches at Goucher College. In 2011–12 she was a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library.

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