The End Stool

Written by: Odin Roark

The End Stool

Always askew
As if occupants left quickly
Such is the life of the bar’s end stool

We’ve all noticed its isolation
Its paradoxical value as an observation point
The lighthouse warnings
Stay away from the rocks


End stools are special
Reserved for the aloof
Wanting the “more” of life
Like we who occupy the center
Will never know

End stool has a story
Ancient as Christopher Marlowe
Recent as Oliver Reed, Richard Burton, and Peter O’Toole
Contemporary as Bukowski

Think aloneness is desired?
Think not
Oneness without connection to another something is…
Such is the sadness of lives ended
Atop the End Stool