His Chair

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mchitwoodMichael Chitwood was born and raised in the foothills of the VA Blue Ridge Mountains but now works as a freelance writer and college lecturer in Chapel Hill, N.C. His many books of poetry include Salt Works, WhetThe Weave Room and Gospel Road Going, which received the 2003 Roanoke-Chowan Award. His poems can be found in Georgia Review, Poetry and many other venues.

After lunch
and before he went

back to the fields,
he’d catch a nap

there, a quick 15
minutes he said

“percolated him.” He’s in
the fields for good now

and in that chair,
now in my living room,

his sleep keeps
its eyes on me.