Dark Furniture

Dark Furniture

by Meredith Hadaway

My dining room—with its long table

and strong-shouldered chairs, its stacks of china

perched in a cabinet, all set for the feast

of the days remaining. Whom to invite?

The dead are largely free on holidays, but what

to serve? They don’t eat much.

Until I know, I leave it. They can come and

go as they please. Maybe late at night they gather

here, play poker with the matchsticks

I keep in the drawer by the candles. Do they

miss me? Probably not. I never understood why

four-of-a-kind beats a full house.


Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of three poetry collections: Fishing Secrets of the Dead, The River is a Reason, and At The Narrows (winner of the 2015 Delmarva Book Prize for Creative Writing) from Word Poetry.  She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts and was, for ten years, poetry editor for The Summerset Review. Hadaway is a former Rose O’Neill Writer-in-Residence at Washington College where she taught ecopoetry and served as chief marketing officer for 30 years.  She currently works as a therapeutic musician, playing Celtic harp at the bedside in hospice and hospital settings.

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