I love the topic of shoes and I love Shel Silverstein, both of which have such great soles and souls…
Here’s the deal at dVerse ~ Poets Pub . The challenge is to write a poem, of any length or form, about footwear: stilettos, Wellington boots, hobnail boots, sandals, slippers, ballet shoes..
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Shoes With Laces
(with love to Shel Silverstein)
My shoes have laces
though some have none.
I’m glad mine do.
They’re much more fun,
then losing shoes
when I try to run.
My heels might slide
with so much slack
without shoe laces
to hold them back.
My feet might flip,
my toes might curl,
my soles might slip,
and I might whirl
head over heels,
then I might spin
and scrape my knees
and cut my chin.
No. No. No shoes
without their lacing,
I would say
would be disgracing.
But then again,
if you forget
to lace your shoes,
it’s a safe bet
with shoes untied,
I have to say
that you’d be tripping
What hugely fun poem! You made me smile the whole way through it. A worthy tribute to Shel Silverstein!
I’m smiling thinking about your smiling.
That makes me smile.
That made me smile too! Smiles all round 😊
Nice sound to this! Good reason not to forget shoe laces.
Thanks for reading and commenting.
Fellow Silverstein fan here. You have done him proud. 🙂
Thank you. I try.
I love his work.
You’ve done Silverstein proud!
Thank you. Is he there with you? Did he say that himself?
I know he’s been gone a long time, but who knows how one speaks from other realms…
(Ha. Just joking)
What fun! Reminds me of Dr. Seuss, too. As my kids at Lutheran East High School used to say, “You be trippin’!” 🙂
Yep. Tripping be we, or as you know from being so many times in France:
I must confess to not being a reader of Silverstein. But you have composed one fun poem. I like the sound of this muchly. The rhythm and rhymes gives a sense of running and tripping. I have to say that when my husband and I were married, as I walked down the aisle, I was checking to be sure his shoes were tied. He was notorious for wearing his shoes with the laces untied. He’s gotten better but not much!
Oh, please try reading his work. He’s so much fun, and creative, inventive and invigorating (I couldn’t resist the alliteration in the last two words). Thanks for your comments: and yes, I work at my poems’ rhythms (I read them aloud to myself several times over to make sure they roll and weave and rock the way I want them to) – and then smooth out the rhymes as best I can.
Tell your husband I say hi, and to always look down but keep his hopes up.
Thanks for reading, commenting and stopping by.
I will. He actually is a man full of hope and has on more than one occasion brought me out of my chronic clinical depress. 🙂
good husband and especially good friend to have.
He is my best friend. 🙂
Oh I do love the fun of this, but maybe you can walk with loafers to save you the problem of lacing,
Bjorn – you are so right; in fact, one might even say straight-laced right.
Thanks for helping me to not be so trippy.
Thank you so much for joining us, Randy, and sharing your shoes with laces, which seem to tie in with Silverstein and Dr Seuss! I also love my shoes with laces and especially enjoyed the lines:
‘My heels might slide
with so much slack
without shoe laces
to hold them back’.
Great use of rhyme and rhythm!
Thank you, Kim.
Thanks for framing this post and workshop. It was fun.
Some great poetic responses here to enjoy from others.
Please visit dVerse Poets pub whenever you can – we would love to read more of your work.
A fun nod to Silverstein or Dr. Seuss – ha – I see I’m not the only one to say that.
Thanks for stopping by and offering your “not-the-only-one-to-say-that” comment. LOL.
Nice one! This is fun and whimsical.
Thank you. I like fun and whimsy.
It’s, for me, like:
mareseatoats and doeseatoats
A kid’lleativy too, wouldn’t you?
HI Randy, nice to see you here. You have made Shel proud. Wonderful!
Thanks. Always nice, as they say, to be seen… here or anywhere.
Thanks for the heads up on making Shel proud.
Been busy having tried to walk the AT, giving up and then traveling by car up and down the east coast, then writing short stories, and getting a few small victories in poems being published online. And bringing day old hens into our home (via USPS), and who are now 2 months old and ready for free ranging – all 14 of them.