AS THE CONVERSATION ROLLS ON,
she switches seats for the chair with more padding,
then pulls it forward a foot.
He moves to the glider
left behind by the former owner.
I dare turn my chair
away from the spot that works for me in solitude,
then a little more,
to face them both straight on
and not at an awkward angle.
when I see things as they were left,
it all seems right.
I put off inviting
until I got everything just so –
arranging, staging, positioning,
striving to copy some style seen on Pinterest
or the cover of a magazine.
It never did suit me.
It isn’t until I have people in
that the furniture tells me where it wants to go.