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Walk a Mile

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Walk a Mile

I put on your shoes
Tried to walk a mile
Sadly they were way to tight
I felt an old nail digging into my soul
I tried loosening the laces
However the knots were way too tight
Pain coursed through my body with each step
I walked through a puddle
Water poured through the holes
I became chilled to the bone

I stared at my sore feet
These had been lovely shoes at one time
Shining with such possibility
Now they have been scuffed 
Neglected
Walked through the mud
Left out in the cold
Cracked
Hardened
The protection they offered
Has long gone away

So I wonder
Is it not time
For a new pair of shoes

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  1. Date: 4/22/2013 11:27:00 AM
    I love it! The comparison between shoes, the person wearing and the shoes belonging to the other and the feelings of both ..... I love your poems... I'm not sure how I seem to connect! Thanks

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 3:48:00 PM
    Love the imagery and satire of the last verse. Great creativity

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 4/18/2013 6:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Karen
  1. Date: 4/3/2013 5:42:00 PM
    I loved this, although, I love all of your poems.((: This was melancholy, yet almost hopeful for a new beginning. Very touching. c:

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 4/3/2013 11:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks so much
  1. Date: 3/27/2013 9:12:00 PM
    I felt like I was these lonely forgotten shoes. Well, they had a good life, and it's time. One day I'll be a pair of old discarded shoes, we all will! Ugh.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/27/2013 9:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Jeremy, I hope you are always appreciated and never discarded.
  1. Date: 3/26/2013 10:13:00 AM
    Richard; this is beautiful. You never know how another person feels - until you have walked a mile in their shoes. So go and buy that person a new pair of shoes. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. Lucilla

  1. Date: 3/26/2013 7:07:00 AM
    Simple subject yet complex and metaphorical in the best possible way...outstanding, Richard.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/26/2013 7:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Caleb, you are very kind
  1. Date: 3/25/2013 4:53:00 PM
    The nails bought us all a new pair of shoes....great Richard ..Donna

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/26/2013 7:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Donna
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 11:07:00 PM
    Reading you and Becca's conversation... I am really touched to be talked about in such a kind manner... you guys rock! I believe the main reason I read it as "living another persons life" is by what you said in the beginning "I put on YOUR shoes"... but maybe I was thinking too literal... haha....

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/25/2013 7:50:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Our pleasure Timothy
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 1:26:00 PM
    Yes. Go to your Daddy, Richard :). He will buy you a new pair! Love ya, Toquyen

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 1:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sounds good!
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 1:08:00 PM
    awesome pen, I like it.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 1:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 12:04:00 PM
    ADDING THIS TO MY FAVORITES!

    Currin Avatar Anne Currin
    Date: 3/24/2013 12:18:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are correct! Haha, I only own ONE pair of actual shoes... everything else is flats, wedges, sandals and heels. ;) Good morning, Rick!
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 12:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Good morning Anne, glad you like it. I guess if I walk in your shoes I will have to get used to high heels.
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 10:49:00 AM
    wow upon your sole (soul) What a mile, what a poem....

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 12:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks again Harry
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 10:32:00 AM
    Ha! Well this was food for thought. I wonder if you tire of living someone else's life, feeling if it's been scuffed, soaked, and beaten overtime... a good way to say "it's been fun but it's best we be moving on". Good work!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 12:19:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Timothy, I was speaking more about how people tend to wear their old lives when in fact they have the power to change their circumstances. I do know that some things are beyond our control but no nearly as many as we imagine.
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 9:24:00 AM
    Nothing's worse than wet feet. Thanks for laugh this morning.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 12:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Happy to entertain
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 8:46:00 AM
    Its time!. Treat yourself. I always feel a bit bad when I get rid of something like those shoes that have served me well. Enjoyed the read. BG

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 12:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Sometimes they get too old and are no longer comfortable, I do know what you mean though. It seems extra hard for us guys to let go of old shoes and clothing.
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 8:13:00 AM
    - Yes, they are on sale now, buy two pairs pay for one !!!!! - Nice to read your poem today Richard. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 8:29:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Anne-Lise always nice to have a visit from you.
  1. Date: 3/24/2013 8:10:00 AM
    Richard....into my favorites...a 7...so true!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 3/24/2013 8:12:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Eileen!