Monday, March 2, 2009

These shoes

Pay attention to these shoes,
hanging bedraggled
from the power line, day in
and day out since a long-passed
flurry of mischief, a warning to other shoes
not to enter this village, a warning
as stark and brutal
as caged pirates by the shore
or a rook hung by his leg
from a farmer’s tree. These shoes,
like the pirates
before they starved down to raw bone
and gold teeth, these shoes
will tell you their stories,
though their soles
wear thin and their fabric
is mildewed and grey.


Rachel Westfall
February 28, 2009


Thank you Christopher, for the inspiration!

12 comments:

jozien said...

I love it!:D
Rachel,do you know why do i get a different box here to leave a comment? i have to type out my whole URL. :(

Wandering Alice said...

I like this...

Vevay Anderson said...

I really enjoyed this piece. I always wonder about things like shoes hanging from lines above the road...I found my way here through Lisa's blog and look forward to reading more!

Ravy said...

they give a lot of tongue and some times they can really be a heel...but they have such sole.

Seems the warnings are posted throughout the lands making other shoes shiver in their boots.

christopher said...

Rachel, Thanks for your plug. I really think this blogging we do is great for the creative sparks that fly back and forth. So here's the next...unfortunately a true story.

The Shoes You Threw Up There

I couldn't throw them
today, not if I tried, not
to save my old life.

Shoes across the wire
take shoulders that swing easy
to toss them high up
and over to stay.

My shoulders complain often
now, and so the rest
as well, twinges that
speak clearly of the sometime
journey I will take.

Karen said...

Rachel - As soon as I read this I thought of Christopher's post. It is really wonderful how writers are inspiring writers. Here Christopher is again, inspired by your post, inspired by his... Such a good thing!

Robert said...

great piece if if I did feel a little guilty having done something similar when I was a youth

Poetikat said...

Oh yes! How many times have I seen such a sight, but it takes someone's vision to trap it in time and make it a piece of art. I suppose it could be painted as well.
I must check out Christopher. Great source of inspiration, but you have transformed it. I particularly enjoyed the hanging rook image.

Kat

RachelW said...

Jozien, I don't know why that would be. If you are logged into your blogger account, you shouldn't have to type in anything special.

Alice, Thanks! And Vevay, welcome, and thanks for leading me to your extraordinary blog! :)

Ravy, you are so funny :) Thank you for making me smile! It's great to see you back in the blogging world.

Christopher, your poem is going to spark a poem in reply from me, you know... ;)

Karen, yes I love this creative spark, and how it is being passed around!

Robert, no, really?? ;)

Kat, I think it's these iconic everyday things that often spark creativity... I know you shall enjoy Christopher's blog. He is something special.

Linda S. Socha said...

What an exchange...Love both poems and expecially the interplay
Linda

gameover709 said...

My friend and I were discussing just the other day, these shoes. We googled and learned about varying myths..I like your take best. jorc

Woman in a Window said...

How much fun is it here! I'd throw mine up just to join. And wouldn't mind the gravel underfoot one bit.