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No Nostalgia Sundays: New Shoes (And Real Old Poetry)

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No Nostalgia Sundays: New Shoes (And Real Old Poetry)

Summer of 2003 was not a good one for me: I had lost my first love, caught my first pair of handcuffs, and was just generally blowing it all around. I had been an adult (on paper, at least) for just a handful of months and I had already begun to muck things up pretty badly. In hindsight, however, it may have been one of my better summers out of the ensuing decade. Not to say that this one was good, because it totally fucking wasn’t, but the sad reality is that I was merely getting started with my misadventurous journey, the trend of which would be things growing ever worse (and never better).

I had turned eighteen with little fanfare, from others or myself. The only thing that seemed to change for me when I hit that dull milestone was that I became a little more aware of the fact that I was expected to figure out what I was to do with my life, or at the very least make the appearance of doing so. But I didn’t really want to get a haircut and I wasn’t really qualified for a real job, so I had to pick something that was more aligned with my lifestyle back then.

Basically, something that would complement the odd hours I kept and the bad habits I was into, but also had some semblance of respectability. The obvious choice was to become a writer. It seemed to me that writers were encouraged, perhaps even obligated, to live a reckless existence, and I, all of eighteen whole years, was already way ahead of the curve on this one. Yes, I thought to myself, I will make a fantastic fucking writer.

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New Shoes

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New Shoes

One of the first poems I ever wrote (I believe I was eighteen years old). (Un)fortunately, I’ve had many more breakups, one night stands, goodbyes, and pairs of Chuck Taylors since.

These shoes have been through
three breakups,
two one night stands,
and too many goodbyes.

Cut up like a Thanksgiving turkey,
pockmarked,
covered with holes,
thirteen if you care to count;
I did.
One for every streetlight rendezvous
or hurried farewell
when I’ve only begun to say hello.

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