My Shoes

My Shoes

My shoes go out without me. They do it all the time,
and do the things I never do. They jog. They hike. They climb.
When I wake up I find them strewn throughout the house—
one flip flop on the counter. High heels beneath my blouse
that’s flung across the table where I don’t remember putting it.
I bet they’ve been out dancing—two-stepping and high-footing it.

When my cowboy boots go riding, I’d like to go along.
I’m pretty sure, however, they think things would go wrong.
Perhaps the horse would throw me or I’d wind up getting lost.
I’m sorry that I bought them, considering the cost!
Other people are the boss of all their clothes and shoes,
but when my shoes and I face off, I am the one to lose.

I could take to going barefoot. This would work while at the beach.
Then when all my shoes are out far beyond my reach,
into the surf I’ll wade and then wander out again,
trapping sand between my toes everywhere I’ve been.
So when my shoes get home at night, they’ll be completely clueless

that I’ve left them out as well by venturing out shoeless!


We were asked to write about an ordinary objects For dVerse Poet’s Pub.

45 thoughts on “My Shoes

        1. lifelessons Post author

          I know.. I’ve done the same. Almost everything I report in chats to forgottenman during the day ends up in his insisting I blog it. I would do nothing but blog if I followed all his suggestions.

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  1. slmret

    I love this, Judy — wonderful imagery of the shoes playing while you’re out! I wear sandals most of the time, or simple flat shoes when it’s cold. My prehensile toes love the sandals most of all!


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Dolly..Do you know you are one of my top 5 responders via comments? You are a busy lady as I know you have lots of followers and lots of blogs to read so never think I take you for granted. Every comment is much appreciated.

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  2. Gina

    the story of the shoes intrigues and fascinates me. thank you for participating in this prompt and bringing so much fun with your poem. that the shoes are left clueless and probably wondering what you would do next gave me a fit of giggles! One question? Do they talk among themselves at night when they think you are asleep and oblivious?! such a good take on the prompt, such a delight for me! Shoes! We girls and our shoes!


    1. lifelessons Post author

      Thanks, Gina. I don’t know if they talk. Most of them are tongueless but all have good soles. You can barely blame them for wanting to have a little fun on their own and it’s nice not to have them under foot all the time.

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      1. Gina

        And your answers tell me so much about your lovely heart. yes and no tongue wagging among them, good sloes indeed! i bet them just love the freedom you give them!


    2. lifelessons Post author

      Okay, okay. I give in. A kids book about what goes on in the closet after the lights go out is upcoming. Perhaps during my two months at the beach. I already have one on socks and one on fish feet and one on knees. Can “Out of the Closet” be far behind?

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  3. rob kistner

    This was great Judy, I enjoyed it. The sole of the conflict… :-/) …my five-year-old grandson loves to hide one of my shoes. He says, “pawpaw, one of your shoes walked away” then he belly laughs. Love that kid, and I like your poem here…


  4. Jade M. Wong

    This was so much fun to read! Love the rhyming and the whimsical feel to the poem. I also like the idea that our clothes and shoes are out having adventures when we’re not having them.


  5. katiemiafrederick

    Shoe Shoes Magic Nike Shox Shoes
    Size 11 in Deed.. 21st Pair in 63 Months
    has Carried me 10,388 Miles in Public Dance
    Spiraling Ballet And Martial Arts Free Style..
    oh No
    my Shoes what
    to do now now with Smiles
    A Search For New Magic Shoes next..
    And it’s True i’m a bit Like Dorothy in
    the Wizard of Oz too..
    3 Reps Dancing Singing
    Just So Happy to Be Home..:)


      1. katiemiafrederick

        SMiLes.. True and
        100 Percent
        Documented in
        Close to a
        6.6 Million
        Word Written
        Epic Long
        Form Poem
        In close to 64
        Months now too..
        A Hobby
        For a Re-Tired
        Person with
        New Tread
        On my
        Just one step
        And word at
        Now in Flow as i Go..:)



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