Shoe Shopping

tattered by sand and mud,
kissed by shrapnels and bombs,
we are always ready
to fight, to shot, to combat.

shined until twinkling as stars,
worn to exude power and class,
we are as high as timeless sky,
ready to slay a gal or guy.

made as comfy as a cloud,
displayed as chic, never proud,
we sneak and squeak in right amount,
as we dance, run, twist, and squat.

i am but bare, no thread, no leather,
just muscles and skin,
such fragile matters,
yet i am but your steps’ master
moving forward or back.
soldiers, executives, hippies,
humans, oh, i know their tracks.

whatever cover they clothed me,
expensive, bare, or just an old sack,
as long as they are chasing
their life’s purpose and meaning,
instead of becoming zombies sleepwalking,
that will be more than, oh, more than enough.

Inspired by this favorite quote of mine:
“So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.” 
― Mitch AlbomTuesdays with Morrie

©2017 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo by Josh Calabrese on Unsplash

In response to Poetics: A Closet Full of Shoes by kim881.
The challenge is to write a poem, of any length or form, about footwear: stilettos, Wellington boots, hobnail boots, sandals, slippers, ballet shoes – it’s up to you, just as long as the poem is new.

33 thoughts on “Shoe Shopping”

  1. Wonderfully written from ground level, form the soles/souls of shoes! You’ve given them their tongues! I particularly enjoyed:
    ‘made as comfy as a cloud,
    displayed as chic, never proud,
    we sneak and squeak in right amount’.

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  2. The follow up quote is SO true – I think so many people would need less therapy if they volunteered of their time … I remember my husband polishing his military shoes when we were first married – and I couldn’t believe HOW MANY different type of tennis shoes there were. I think I had one pair of tennis shoes. 🙂 How’s that for a reversal as women get blamed for having so many shoes usually.

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  3. Gorgeous poem Rosema. Very impactful, packs a punch. The contrast between the soldiers boots and high heels shining, and then sneakers and someone who doesn’t wear shoes (can’t afford) really drive hone your message. Shoes are beaitiful and functional as long as the person wearing them (or not) sees the meaning to life and beyond. Sees therecpurpose. Really great take, wonderfully done! ❤️

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      1. I’m glad it was the one you wanted. I really loved it. I do wish my iPhone or IPad would stop inserting typos where I’ve typed the right spelling 😉

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