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I Deserve a Comfortable Chair

from Stories In Small Spaces (ellen cherry & Bonnie Schupp) by ellen cherry

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(NOTE: This is a collaboration between musician/performer ellen cherry and photographer Bonnie J. Schupp. Bonnie sends ellen two photos every week and ellen responds with writing--a story, a poem, a song, a piece of music.)


I Deserve a Comfortable Chair
September 2018
ellen cherry

I deserve a comfortable chair.
I’ve had a hard week.

It’s not just the Cone of Blackness
That descended on Sunday
And stayed ‘til Tuesday.
Returned on Friday at noon for
An overnight stay and
Drained the color from
All landscapes, taste from all food,
Made distant and muted, all sounds
Including my own voice.

It’s the President
It’s that senator from Texas
It’s the rich evil brothers from Kansas
Who just want to own everything
It’s the humidity
No, it’s the heat
No, it’s the humidity
It’s a palmetto bug, which is really a roach,
Crawling across my carpet
The spider on my bedspread
And the feral cat meowling upstairs.

Living in a basement is not metaphorical.

It’s me
It’s you
It’s me
It’s me
It’s my email
And my tax return
I’ve proved myself for 23 years
And now my worth is a number printed on a black line.

It’s my voicemail
Loaded up and unlistened to.

I haven’t read a good book in a year.

It’s because I don’t have a comfortable chair.


from Stories In Small Spaces (ellen cherry & Bonnie Schupp), released September 11, 2018
photo by Bonnie J. Schupp


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ellen cherry Baltimore, Maryland

I am song & story Alchemist and I want to meet you at the intersection of creativity and recovery. While on tour in Texas, I was struck by an intoxicated driver which resulted in a violent wreck. Through my music and multi-media performances, I explore the pain and joy of recovering one’s body and spirit after extreme trauma. ... more

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