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Daily Archives: July 23, 2011

dVerse Poem:  Shoes…

Yaktrax and Birkies
my favorite mode
for my feet
of all ages,
but you can tell my life story
by the shoes I wore.
high tops,
walking shoes.
Buster brown’s.
Mary Janes,
and “tennies”.
Shoes with straps and laces.
Ice skates, overshoe boots
boots with zippers
for winter,
standard wear.
(anyone remember the
“fur” on boots that left it’s
nasty mark?)
Penny loafers.
Shiney black tap shoes
with ribbons to tie.
White bucks,
Saddle shoes
and flats.
Cleats and taps
added to shoes
to drive the grown-ups
Tap, tap
on wooden floors
of the school
and home,
and sidewalks
of the city.
I do remember
was best shoeless in nylons
or flats that let
one fly on the
dance floor.
A memory here of
“Pilgrim shoes”
as my father called them:
widely squared at the tip
of my toes,
big square metal buckles…
I loved them,
Dad hated them
and never forgot them
til the day he died.
Red shoes
Blue shoes
polished to a glow.
Patent leather shoes,
Spike heels
with steel tips, …
even matching “spectator pumps”
for that special blue and white suit.
Slip ons for when my
arms didn’t reach the floor
and I couldn’t see my feet.
Laces gone with swelling legs,
ankles and feet and toes
but for twice in my life,
I didn’t yearn for
beauty and grace
for my feet.
in pretty colors,
Military-style dress shoes…
practical, high heels not so dangerous
but still found in
shiny milk chocolate Patent leather,
black patent leather with buckles
and bows
and other adornments.
Earth shoes for
Nursing shoes.
for work,
for play,
for dress,
Winter, spring, summer
and fall,
Tan suede Birkie style
for work…
smelling of garlic…
after a balancing act
proved haste makes waste.☺.
I learned of loss
and grieving
with a sprain
that proved life changing…
and now it is,
before it’s time:
Common sense shoes.
Sandals with straps for safety.
“Yaktrax” on my shoes in the winter
along with spikes on my canes
to keep from falling.
No more
snappy heels,
pretty pumps,
or flats,
that match each dress
or outfit.
Now it is a cane to match
the clothes
that shoes easily
once lifted my spirits
as I headed out
to work and
But I am,
Barefoot forever
when ever I can !

Photo: (c) 2012 Saradunn




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liquid threads of gold

simple delights in moonlight

bound by hearts in love.

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1. If your husband had the BIG V and you got pregnant what would your first reaction be? 
At first I’d be wild, but I realized early on that each baby is a special gift and all would be well
2. Best memory about this summer so far.

Painting outside in the park in  Seal Harbor, ME…an old park with big shade trees, lots of lawn and the ocean is only yards away.
3. How often do you change your sheets? Your kids sheets?
Once a week.  In the summer sometimes more often.
When my kids were young, once a week…but had a set of dark brown sheets and a set of navy blue…a week was really too long.

4. Having just gone through TSA, would you rather have a full-body scan or a pat-down?
Full body scan if I had a choice.

5. Since it is fair time…what’s your favorite fair (county or state) memory?
The Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.  HUGE.  Lots of rides, and they had a professional race track you could hear all the way to my house.    Back in the day, there was just a chain link fence around the outside of the track.   And we could go and watch the cars go round and round outside the fence.

Something I wish I hadn’t done is

drop out of school before completing

a BSN (Bachelor of Science/Nursing).

I wish when I only had one year left

after receiving my RN schooling,

to finish my BSN,  that I had done it,

and then gone to live in Japan.


I would not give up any of those memories

of living in Japan,

and I was newly married.

But I think my first husband would have waited for me

to finish school,

And I still would have had some time to spend in Japan

before he got his new orders.