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The Web Poetry Corner - M A Heathcote - Shim shine leather shoes

Shim shine leather shoes


M A Heathcote

Shim shine leather shoes
The pavement has read your news
You’re worn out soles
Curb rub and run
On the coals
Of the burnt-out sun!
Once they were bare
And had the fun of the fair
Once they wore hand-knitted booties
Laced like falling snow
But know those strings
Are tired and tied-off;
Where ever you go_
Once they where camp fire dances
Sweet running footstep romances
Blade-cutting stars in the grass
Swaddling through a woodland path
Like a babble of geese
White stalked, kneed
Bending into a flower
Dreaming the linnets song
Like a swift conveyancing over corn fields gold
Like a kingfisher
Darting under a magnum of water
Sucked into the lily-white darkness
Plunging into life
Plunging into the mouth of love
Once these were toe curling joys of endless love
But know they’re just blisters blistering on_
Along an endless war-torn road
A bone yard of footsteps
Ancient and silent, standing,
Dust to dust!

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