Empty chairs at empty tables..


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Daily Post: Write whatever you normally write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that’s been sticking with you this week.

These are the lyrics that have been sticking in my head this week. Not the song, the one line of the song ’empty chairs at empty tables’.

There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Now my friends are dead and gone.

Here they talked of revolution.
Here it was they lit the flame.
Here they sang about `tomorrow’
And tomorrow never came.

From the table in the corner
They could see a world reborn
And they rose with voices ringing
I can hear them now!
The very words that they had sung
Became their last communion
On the lonely barricade at dawn.

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me

(The ghosts of those who died on the barricade appear)

That I live and you are gone.
There’s a grief that can’t be spoken.
There’s a pain goes on and on.

Phantom faces at the window.
Phantom shadows on the floor.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more.

(The ghosts fade away)

Oh my friends, my friends, don’t ask me
What your sacrifice was for
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more

I look at the empty seat in the living room, where my mother used to sit. I look at all the cards around the living room. I want to swipe them all away, because perhaps that will, for a moment, allow me to believe that she hasn’t gone, she is just up the road, round at a friends, or at the shops. an empty chair, an empty table, an empty heart.

Then I notice that the chair really is empty, and its empty each day.

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