Seat and back each a single 2” thick board,
curved armrests at ends and mid-bench, Enfield, NH,
c. 1830, 40″ at back, 33″ seat width, 18’ l. $16,800
I remember the tree. As a child I played
beneath it with acorns I fashioned into cups
and saucers on a mossy root. I might have been ten
the year it fell, lightning stuck, into the small pond
beneath it. Nine men came with oxen
and long saws. We children watched. And clapped
as the great trunk was pulled to the sawmill.
Flat boards nearly as wide as I was tall.
A year to make the bench. And seven men
to carry it. Now I have lived long enough to see it
worn with age, curved as our souls shape it
with the weight of our doubts and unbelief.
I am the last to remember sunlight
through the shadows of this once living thing.
Cherry, original natural finish, steel hoop handle
with applied carved wood interior, dovetailed construction,
9 3/4″ h, 14 3/4″ h (to top of handle), 21″ l, 12″ d. $1500
What shall I bring when Mother calls me
to live forever by her side?
Shall I bring her wreaths I’ve woven