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a broken shoe

cold, gray street
warm feet

relishing the moment
of getting connected

of feeling underneath
the stories
left behind by grit

and taking some
of that home

a church,
the street outside,
and bare feet

some walk in
full of hope, love, happiness
some walk in
empty with despair, grief, loss

and endings

going home
feeling the same 
or differently

never did walk barefoot
on the streets before

is the word

less than a minute
was all it took


dec. 12, 2010

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  1. Date: 12/14/2010 8:50:00 AM
    Not exactly sure of your point here..To the touch the actual earth with our hands or feet lifts our spirits for it helps to heal depression..However, I am also thinking of a person who is homeless and walking barefoot because they don't have the necessities of life..Good work that many can relate to in different ways..Your presence at my work lifted my spirits...The one about the water flowing is one that some older Americans understand.I have been to a urologist didn't help..Sara

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 3:27:00 PM
    This was well worded simplicity.

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 10:50:00 AM
    Such a moving and insightful poem, Nikko. We are not only barefoot, but naked in the eyes of God. We have no secrets from Him. And it's so true that people walk into the churches for different reasons. This is a different style for you and you created an awesome poem! Blessings and peace, Carolyn

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 6:08:00 AM
    Love to be barefooted year around. Even in the winter at work I wear sandasl and bare feet. I get funny looks but I am comfortable and hate wearing socks. Thanks for your prayers. God Bless Phyl

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 4:47:00 AM
    Was this about that time your shoe got broken?:) Walking barefoot feels so nice!:) It's also nice to be 'grounded' for once in a while, cause we Pisces are always up in the clouds!:) Anyway, deep poem, sweetie. Have a wonderful day! Hugs:)

  1. Date: 12/13/2010 4:08:00 AM
    Hey there, missy!! Love the hidden messages in between the lines and the air to take whatever the reader indentifies with from this write.. Hope your Monday's been a great one.. *hugs*

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 11:51:00 PM
    NIkko, what a cute play on words, the term grounded has two meanings and you chose the postitive meaning. The opposite of being "grounded" and sent to one's room. I LOVE being barefoot, so I am very well grounded!! (and double earth, remember?) Nice to see you here. I am so short on time and it's killing me that I can't answer all my comments. LUv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 7:50:00 PM
    Beautiful write.Enjoyed.The cold ,grey street beneath must have enjoyed the warm touch of bare feet.Thanks for your kind comment on my Empty apartment poem-kashinath

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 10:31:00 AM
    I dig this poem. There is a strong message intertwined throughout the details and the experience of walking the streets barefoot for the very first time....grounding indeed~Chris

  1. Date: 12/12/2010 8:11:00 AM
    Hey Nikko. Thanks for your super comments. I was intrigued by the title of your poem, I thought you had been a naughty girl again ;) It's funny how something as simple as being barefoot outside can really make you feel connected. I love being barefoot in cool damp grass, or on soft sand. I enjoyed reading of how this barefoot adventure brought so much enlightenment. Excellent title for an excellent write ~ Hugs, Sharon :)