Casuals Don’t Fool Anyone



Slippers are for cowards

Slip-ons are for Christmas

Morning hung-over dads

Sandals are for white people

forced into dreadlocks

on their way to burn a man

Dancing out of their money

eating spiced tempeh fries

disguised as Jesus peyote

offered by the naturopath

Indian guru of gluttony

Socks are for holy days

Pray upon the sacred hamper

Perform the rites of Wash Day

Resurrection is in the dryer

Boots are for the blues

Galoshes are for the lonely

Pumps are puking in the

Ladies’ room with panties

named Pink, lost in the midst

of the jumble of mesh

Sneakers run unaware everywhere

Dress shoes are in the closet

Clogs are fakin’ the feet

Into performing lurid acts of

Knee highs, leather, and straps

High Tops are for hook ups

High Heels are for the cranky

Swollen members of the crowd

Floating on twisted ankles

Casuals don’t fool anyone


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19 Responses to Casuals Don’t Fool Anyone

  1. Mollie Hunt says:

    Reblogged this on Mollie Hunt: Crazy Cat Lady Mysteries and more and commented:
    For my shoe-minded friends.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. pattyalcala says:

    Love it! It made me smile. 😊

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Daleen says:

    Brilliant! Never thought of it like that, but it is all rather true, isn’t it? 🙂


  4. definatelyme says:

    this is brilliant! as always 🙂


  5. vjearle says:

    Love it! A consideration of society through our shoes – insightful!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. vivachange77 says:

    You are just plain good !!! The depth of meaning in your poetry and your fantastical imagination are beyond my words. This poem has it all. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Brilliant,really clever and wise.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. I stopped by for a visit this Sunday morning and I am so glad I did!
    That was truly amazing! So smart! Standing so grounded!
    Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

    “Some people are so much sunshine to the square inch.” ~Walt Whitman

    Liked by 1 person

  9. withlovelexi says:

    This was an interesting read! Nice job 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  10. I really enjoyed that! Delightful whimsy! 🙂


  11. athenauae says:

    oh my! i never thought of shoes that way … so original! love the photos accompanying your posts.


  12. Reblogged this on Little John In Memphis and commented:
    Damn. This is magnificent.


  13. Ookami Taki says:

    Reblogged this on Sky of Parchment and commented:
    This poem, for me, is full of magic, truth, and literary art. I just had to share it.


  14. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    I enjoyed this 🙂 I think you covered everything possible…
    as I sit here in bare feet more comfortable I do Believe 🙂
    Take Care…You Matter…

    Liked by 1 person

  15. johncoyote says:

    Amazing artwork and words. Showed how much life had changed.

    Liked by 1 person

  16. I like it. Genius is when you write something that everyone thinks they’ve felt before but were never able to put into words. Even if I couldn’t explain how, I intuitively know what you’re saying in this poem.


  17. Leandro says:

    Good post. I learn something totally new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon every day.

    It will always be helpful to read through content
    from other writers and practice a little something from other web sites.


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