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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Peggy prompts us at the Imaginary Garden

Peggy's prompt is somewhat unusual. She posted two photos at The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, and asked us to write about one or both of them.
That's all. No other instructions.

Photo "African Shoes" by Peggy Goetz

the shoes were old now:
the colours faded,
the sides bending,
the back coming loose on one.

but she loved the shoes
her husband bought her
when they were young:
they’re such bright colours, he said,
bright, happy like you
when you smile at me
with your warm eyes
and I smile right back at you,
my heart full of pride
and happiness
and love just for
our being here together.

the shoes were old now:
the colours faded
but she wore them
so she would never forget.
Kay Davies, November, 2013                                       


10 comments:

Penelope Puddlisms said...

Sometimes old worn out shoes are the best! Comfy and cozy the way some long time relationships get. I like your interpretation and how the memory of the gift giver remained bright long after the shoes lost their luster.

Herotomost said...

That packs a romantic punch Kay, and I am a sucker for that. Wonderful and full of life....great work!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
...oohhh. So poignant! YAM xx

Peggy said...

Excellent Kay. Love where you went from this photo--and it does fit the feet very well. I love the thought that they were once bright and new.

Susan said...

Yes, Yes, yes! Beautiful--color and all the fade as well. What we walk in is SO IMPORTANT. I would keep them forever. Which is why I am so astonished that I cannot remember the fate of the first shoes made just for me!

Lolamouse said...

So nostalgic and poignant. Some things we hang onto just for the memories.

Sumana Roy said...

love this flash-back...so well written :)

Hannah said...

I love what you saw in these, Kay!

manicddaily said...

Very sweet poem. K.

Kay said...

This is definitely a sweet, poignant poem. Beautifully done, Kay!