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Old Folks Home


i like the feel of broken shoes
how they cut the trail
and fold themselves inward
how they shed bits of thread
and get unattached at the soles
at the root of things
tongues hanging out,
inlays worn thin
treads wearied and smooth.
they have a history, a character
those broken down shoes
with leathery skin
whether real or just pretend
and eye holes for laces
and spots and stains in places
weathered and frail
like our ancients’ staring faces.

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3 thoughts on “Old Folks Home

  1. I like your poem.

    “they have a history, a character
    those broken down shoes”

    They’re my favorite verses in your poem. Reading it made me remember this line from The Velveteen Rabbit: “When you’re real, you can’t be ugly, except to those who do not understand.”

    And for that, here’s Jingle’s Butterfly Award for you: http://jingleyanqiu.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/the-butterfly-award.jpg

    Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Katherine

  2. very interesting and thought tingling poem. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. beautiful imagery, very powerful

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