Thirteen Ways of Looking at Shoes


Thirteen Ways of Looking at Shoes

i
shoes carry the world’s burdens.
in our time
few decisions that affect us all
are made by barefoot people.

ii
some people are like shoes.
you put them on
they fit
you smile.

iii
other people, like shoes,
can press you
hurt you
make you whimper.

iv
it’s not wise
to purchase shoes
on the Internet.
try them on first.
same with people.

v
some people
have many pairs of shoes.
others, only a few.
what’s important
is that they give you comfort.
friends are like that, too.

vi
as people age
they look for comfort
in a pair of shoes
and in their mate.

vii
when shoes wear out
on the inside
they are useless.
you should throw them away
even if, on the outside
they look fine.
when people wear out
on the outside
too often we throw them away
even though, on the inside,
they are beautiful.

viii
old people
may not wear
sexy shoes.
that doesn’t mean
they are not
on the prowl.

ix
people wear
different kinds of shoes
for different kinds of activities.
if you try to run
in 5” heels
you will fall.
if you try to tango
in steel-toed boots
you will step
on your partner.
resilience is a key indicator
of success.

x
shoes come in all colors
and sizes:
black
brown
yellow
white
red
big
small
wide
narrow.
diversity offers more choices.
that’s a good thing.

xi
if your shoes are too big
you may stumble.
if you are too big for your shoes
you will crash.

xii
shoes have their own
stories to tell.
they protect us
on our journey through life.
choose them with care.

xiii
don’t be afraid
to go barefoot
from time-to-time.
your shoes won’t mind.
touch Earth Mother
honor her
with your gratitude.

 

Image: Vincent Van Gogh Wikipedia Commons Labeled for non-commercial reuse.

Image: Vincent Van Gogh
Wikipedia Commons
Labeled for non-commercial reuse.

Today, for dVerse Meeting the Bar, Bjorn has us pretending to be cubists, using words rather than art media. I went through a spell years ago in which I wrote a number of poems based on Wallace Stevens’ Thirteen Ways of Looking at Blackbirds. For the moment, I’m sharing one of these that had been originally posted in 2011…so it’s been a while. I hope to come up with something new later today. Mine do tend to lean toward philosophical reflections rather than pure imagism.

Try it–it’s fun.

 

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25 thoughts on “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Shoes

  1. idreamshoes says:

    love the way you play with words! Do check my shoe blog!

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  2. erbiage says:

    Delightful! I especially like 6, and 13

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  3. lillian says:

    Oooh I LOVE this! Especially 6, and 7 and then followed up by 8 which made me smile. Your shoes have sole here!! 😊

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  4. I love shoes – some fit, some hurt like crazy and I still buy them, just to wear on very special occasions. As you say, they are much like people (although I don’t buy them)!

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  5. rosemawrites says:

    a collection of such wise words, Ms. Victoria. Thank you for these reminders. ❤

    Love this one a lot:
    "it’s not wise
    to purchase shoes
    on the Internet.
    try them on first.
    same with people."

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  6. what’s important
    is that they give you comfort.
    friends are like that, too.

    Friends are like shoes too! Perhaps so when emotions help to cement and enhance the comfort zone between them.

    Hank

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  7. Wise and profound words Victoria. The comparisons to shoes and people is fantastic. Very powerful thoughts.

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  8. kanzensakura says:

    Lol…I meant #13. Dyslexia strikes again. But #8 made me smile.

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  9. kanzensakura says:

    #viii was brilliant. Love the different takes on shoes. I’m not as enamored of the internet shoes as others seem to be. I buy the same brand of shoe and know what will git me when I order online. But #viii…oh my goodness. Howvery true and pure.

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  10. ladynyo says:

    I love the juxtaposition of shoes to friends…..so damn true! These are all glorious, and instructive. LOL! You made something very clear to me where I was really floundering with this prompt. My brain couldn’t understand the prompt. But your verses and others here made it clear.
    Now, next time this prompt is called for, I got a clue! Thank you, Victoria!

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  11. Waiting for the last shoe to drop, to satisfy my own compulsion! But these are great, Victoria! And I’m something in a loafer!

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  12. Bodhirose says:

    I love vi but all were superb with the comparison of shoes to friends…real wisdom here, Victoria, and fun too!

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  13. Bryan Ens says:

    Although after a bit, you no longer compared shoes to friends, the implication still held true. Love the wisdom in the part about throwing out those who look worn on the outside but are still beautiful inside.

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  14. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Whistles!! ❤️❤️ this is absolutely profound! Especially love the last stanza “don’t be afraid to go barefoot from time-to-time. your shoes won’t mind. touch Earth Mother honor her with your gratitude.” Beautifully penned ❤️❤️

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  15. Misky says:

    The 8th on made my smile.

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  16. kim881 says:

    Oh, this is great, Victoria, and such a coincidence. I have been taking part in a workshop at a place called ‘The Missing Shoe’ in Norwich, It used to be a shoe shop. I love the whole thing – can’t choose a favourite.

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  17. frankhubeny says:

    I liked the idea in number 4 about choosing shoes and people on the internet as well as the idea in number 7 about the difference between the inside and the outside.

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  18. thotpurge says:

    it’s not wise
    to purchase shoes
    on the Internet.
    try them on first.
    same with people…. laughed out loud at that… so true.

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  19. Grace says:

    The 8th made me laugh and the last one, 13th is the best reminder for all of us ~ Love the shoe collection of words Victoria ~

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  20. I don’t understand the Cubist idea in general. But I like this; VII is my favorite – so true!

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  21. Sabiscuit says:

    I love the inventiveness of this post. I had fantasies of doing a photography post dedicated to stilettos heels. These proverbs would have been the cream on the top. Warm wishes.

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  22. whimsygizmo says:

    oh, THIS!
    “it’s not wise
    to purchase shoes
    on the Internet.
    try them on first.
    same with people.”

    Love.it.

    And, as Bjorn has said, these read like proverbs. Love that.

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  23. i and vii are particularly wise and wonderful.

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  24. Brian says:

    If the shoe fits… I liked how you kept comparing shoes to people. Much wisdom in your words.

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  25. I love that you have written each of them almost like little proverbs, so much wisdom derived from this, and I knew how much you like the thirteen ways… I will not look on a pair of shoes without thinking about this.

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