She’ll need more than galoshes for this bright rain.


She’s walked a few
in blue
suede, slipped

Laced up
before the dawn
in pursuit of
early grace.

Donned lace
and leather, canvas;
retraced her own
…….in sand.

She’s landed
sharp, and soft,
and on too-high heels
and flatfooted and soft-shoed
and unluckily shod.

Her boots
are made for walkin’
centered, scuffed
and flawed.


Written for Kim’s awesome prompt over at dVerse Poetics today. Come play! 


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15 Responses to She’ll need more than galoshes for this bright rain.

  1. So many great ways (and not so) ways to wear shoes… but I suspect the barefooted one’s are the best.

  2. kanzensakura says:

    I like the fact that this person is flawed, dreams, works….so much to be told from the tale of shoes

  3. blogoratti says:

    I like this very much, such a wonderful picture you’ve painted. Well done you. Greetings!

  4. kim881 says:

    That is a beauty of a title, De, and an awesome poem to boot (pun intended!).
    I love the musical and other references, especially the rhyme in::
    ‘She’s walked a few
    in blue
    the final stanza.

  5. A real shoe poem! So much footwear, and it doesn’t seem even a little bit contrived! Love it 🙂

  6. Frank Hubeny says:

    I liked the scuffed and flawed at the end of a history wearing many kinds of shoes.

  7. annell4 says:

    Yours’ was a wonderful write! She’ll need more…..

  8. ZurkPoetry says:

    This poem has a wonderful lilt to it, every word trips along perfectly. Enjoyed it very much. Especially the last verse and the ‘stayin’ centered’ in the middle of it. Every girl needs a pair of shoes to keep her centred. 😊

  9. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Some women have a 100 pair of shoes; a real fixation; some buy a lot of purses–your lady has managed her selection with style & grace.

  10. Yep, a pair for every situation! Great poem. I’ll bet the scuffed boots are the most treasured!

  11. Kona says:

    That line break after “ruby” is cracking me up. 🙂

    I love the idea of slipping on suede (suede-slipping). And dude, suede=Sue+De! If you were bi, you should definitely date a girl named Sue so to smash your names together and make “suede.” (I know. I’m cray cray.)

    This poem is a million times awesome. I won’t go into all the nuances, cuz you know them. But it’s mega great.

  12. Kona says:

    E-specially that title!!!

  13. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    A tantalising title and a fandango of footwear – loved this poem!

  14. Love this, De! All the scuffs that go into life’s shoes. Perhaps barefoot is best.

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