Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes

Sitting alone in the parking lot
snickering leather flexing itself
against my foolish spine
waiting for you till almost the next day
wearing a stupid blue and yellow flowered sundress…
wearing someone else’s shoes

Sitting in the heavy hushed hall
mahogany uprightness brandishing itself
against my troubled spine
waiting for reason to slap my silly face
wearing a stupid blue and yellow flowered sundress…
wearing someone else’s shoes

Sitting son next to me on the bench
slapping a sticky hand carnival toy
against the daytime busy floor
waiting for reason to slap mommy’s silly face
wearing a stupid blue and yellow flowered sundress…
wearing someone else’s shoes

Sitting memory frozen there,
ends there, never moving forward
against my defensive mind
I guess I said I do
I guess you did, too..
I guess I walked out in someone else’s shoes

Sitting in the sorriest choice I ever chose
on a long ago today
against my better judgment
waiting for reality to change
but soon it will be undone
soon, soon, a resounding soon…
And I can strut into the sunrise
wearing my own shoes.

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6 responses to “Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes

  1. the repetition gives this such lift , and the sun dress some shilly-shally.. counterpoint to some serious work, and someone else’s shoes kick ass… some serious player in the poetry world should see you strut your stuff …you may think I’m laying it on thick but this is New Yorker ready…

    Regards,
    Doug

  2. This was wonderful! I loved that last line “wearing my own shoes.” I’m in the process of lacing up my own shoes and it such a relief! Thank you for the hope in this poem!

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