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On the day he left me I bought a pair of purple shoes
no heel and pale stitching over the toe, a buckle there
to pull myself together and they were not supposed to be purple
but grey I thought, grey or a non-colour.
But when I asked my children they said purple and I looked
again at my feet and saw them stained with blackberry juice
left two weeks in the sun to bleach,
like little thunderclouds bruising over the floorscape I was walking
purpling my steps the day he left me.

& I thought it fit that there was no heel
to turn on,
no pedestal for me, dethroned,
to show my feet the way he liked
no glossy blackened slingback glory -
instead a sensible, low, well-stitched pair of walk-away shoes.
Sensible in every way
except the purple.

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  1. Avatar Aurelia

    Lara, I love this… the last two lines in the first stanza are stunning.

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    trying to hide her anger, angry thundercloud steps, in sensibility..
    yes the last two lines of the first stanza are great.

  3. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    you are making me cry again!

  4. Avatar Coccinella

    viva shoe poems I say. There should be a challenge.

  5. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    here you go

  6. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Lovely and delightfully quirkly little poem. I’m not sure I followed it all, but I’m not a shoe afficianado (which I have likely misspelled).

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