My New Shoes
My new shoes are not worn.
You wouldn’t count a few steps around the kitchen bar on tiles.
The laces are not tied.
and yet these Eccos fit, all toes report.
The sole of that right foot looks eager to move off,
an engine with fuel in its tank.
This left foot craves to be admired and cries aloud
“Look here, unspoiled, a sight behold.”
To move or not to move?
To stay or not to stay?
You never hear the sun afraid to rise.
I bought them black, like onyx,
trusting they’d protect me
from puddles of muddy water
and stem the drain of life
as I grew older.
Let them turn charcoal
as I roam the fields and riverbanks
where blackbird sing.
I shall admire both right and left,
and tie these laces loose
until evening sets
beyond that mountain there.