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April 15, 2024



Whilst in a charity shop

I noticed a wicker chair all alone.

So I quickly took a photo for my friend,

and sent it off to her by phone.


She immediately said ‘Get it,

before you leave there,

and I’ll collect it from you,

as soon as possible, I swear’.


So the said chair was bought

and bundled onto sir,

in the passenger seat of the car,

as no other space to spare.


I then put it in the lounge,

Oh, how it added flair,

with two suitable cushions,

thrown on it, for a dare.


As the evening grew longer

the chair kept catching my eye.

I was falling for it – big time.

What a silly fool am I!


In the days that followed

plans to deliver it were set,

and then they were brought forward,

very much to my regret.


The chair that wasn’t mine,

would soon be leaving here.

A pull on the heartstrings,

that almost brought a tear.


On the day of departure

we loaded the chair into my friend’s car.

‘I’ll come and sit on you real soon’,

I whispered to the chair – Oh, how bizarre!


That in the short time I had known the chair,

such feelings had grown strong.

‘Tara, farewell, my dearest one,

I hope to see you before long’.


Well, a strange thing then happened,

as the chair en-route to it’s new abode,

saw my friend suddenly do a detour

along by the charity shop road.


And just as she arrived on their car park,

she spotted two new white wicker chairs

being unloaded from a van,

and decided then, that they were hers!


So she dashed into the shop,

and did the deal in a trice,

before anyone else could buy them,

saying quickly ‘name your price’.


But what happened next was unbelievable,

for two more chairs in her car, there wasn’t room!

So the original one, that had won my heart,

was returned to the charity shop in gloom.


My friend then tried to ring me,

to fill me in on what she’d done.

But her call went straight to message

which I missed. Oh what a carry on!


When eventually I picked up the message,

an hour later, my heart flooded with joy.

And I dashed back to the charity shop,

with hubby in tow – Oh’, ship ahoy.


I ran into the shop and 

discovered my chair back on display,

next to a line of others,

and scooped it up saying, hurray.


Sometimes in life weird things happen,

if they are meant to be.

No better thrill for me and my friend,

thanks to serendipity.


by Harriet Blackbury

July 2023









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