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Loose Shoes, a Poem

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

Loose Shoes

Tie those laces up with care,

You can’t replace one of a pair.

Slip-ons and velcro aren’t the same,

Zippers stick and that’s a pain.


Shoes protect our feet from wear,

Help us get from here to there.

Buffed and polished leather’s good,

Give me a star on Hollywood.

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Branded sneakers cost a lot,

Nike, Adidas, and Reebok.

So, keep those laces knotted twice,

One shod foot’s not worth the price.


Some like the old and worn-in look,

There isn’t a shoe etiquette book.

So, wear whatever floats your boat,

Ignore the ones who sit and gloat.

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Flip flops, sandals, stilettos,

Some a challenge for your toes.

Whatver you wear on your feet

Make sure they fit snug and neat.


Our shoes define us in a way,

Our whole demeanor’s on display.

We’ll be judged on what we choose

So, please be careful of loose shoes.

© 2019 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 13, 2019:

Thanks for pointing that out Paula. All fixed now.

Suzie from Carson City on September 13, 2019:

Oops! Broken link alert, Jodah....get in there with your tools!! LOL

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 12, 2019:

Glad you enjoyed this one Cat. Yes, you are right about first impressions being important....but comfort matters most.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on September 12, 2019:

Loved this one, John. It was whimsical and fun to read. Attitudes about shoes differ between men and women, but we both are equally judged by them, I suppose. I never understood my mother's temper over my scuffed dress shoes, but she knew more about first impressions than I did back then. Now it's the comfort that matters the most!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 26, 2019:

Hey, thanks for reading this CP. I know all about the other half's shoe collection haha. I can't talk though, at the moment, I have far too many as well. Cheers.

CP Gaines from Out West on April 26, 2019:

It's so funny how we invest so much value in shoes. Your poem has brought understanding to my other halves shoe collection.

When i ask, "Why so many?" She responds, "They all say something different."

Good poem, John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 10, 2019:

Tim where would we be without our shoes lol. Yes, they are certainly needed in the railways.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 10, 2019:

Hi, John,

Loved it. We love our shoes, no doubt. Working on the railways certainly gave you time to discover what shoes were really worth it.

Much respect,

Tim

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 13, 2019:

I like shoes too Flourish, though, Strappy high heels don’t really suit me. Thank you for reading.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 13, 2019:

I love shoes. There's nothing like a beautiful, good-fitting pair of strappy high heels.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 11, 2019:

Hi Rockney, I am glad you enjoyed this poem and that it has inspired your creativity. I’d love to read your poetic take on leather jackets or whatever you choose to do. Funny how inanimate objects make good subjects for writers.

Rockney Briskey from Yakima on February 11, 2019:

Hey I like this John, I once wrote a thing on a leather jacket and people told me they wanted to hear more. Your poem inspires me to try to write my first poem on leather jackets and or continue a blog like story.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 10, 2019:

Thank you goego. Yes, me too, but I admire Forest Gump.

goego from Loserland on February 10, 2019:

Shoes view..https://youtu.be/egkrxkiUnoo

Nice write too- must say, I pity a fool:)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 09, 2019:

Hello, tabouche. Hopefully a future without shoes is something we don’t have to worry about. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 09, 2019:

Thank you for reading this Nithya. It is amazing what our shoes say about us.

tabouche amin from alger on February 09, 2019:

About myself . I love shoes ... and I am afraid of a future without shoes

Of fashion continues

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 09, 2019:

A valuable message conveyed in your poem about shoes, great write.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 08, 2019:

Hey Paula, I'm glad you enjoyed this poem. I would have been surprised if you said you had never been a shoe hoarder. It embarrasses me to admit I have as many pairs of shoes as I do, but some are dress shoes, some work boots etc and I do wear them all until they wear out. Thanks for reading. peace always.

Suzie from Carson City on February 08, 2019:

Jodah....This is so clever. I love it. I ( like so many women) was a shoe hoarder in my younger days. At one time, I swear my closet looked like a shoe store....some I never wore even once!

I can tell you now that I'm much more sensible about my shoes. Or....should I say, I now listen to my FEET!? Good one, Jodah. Peace, Paula

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 08, 2019:

Hey Pamela. Thank you for that encouraging comment. Most people like shoes, or at least need them, right? I hoped they could relate in some way. You have a great weekend too.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 08, 2019:

I relly like your poetry about shoes. It was very clever, and it really spoke to the shoe fads in our current culture.

Have a wondful weekend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 08, 2019:

Hi Brother Sean. Allegories are my business haha. I always appreciate your comments, and yes keep those laces tied with love.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on February 08, 2019:

An excellent allegory for the circumstances we live in and how we have to use them to step forward! Thank you for this lovely poem, my brother!

Love ties our laces up with care!

Sean

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 08, 2019:

Marlene, as long as you wear them and get joy out of it that’s fine.thank you for reading my poem.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on February 08, 2019:

This is a fun poem to read. I am embarrassed to mention how many pair of shoes I own. It's a ridiculous number and even if they get old and worn I still wear them with joy.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 07, 2019:

I agree Alyssa, I like to wear nice shoes if I am going out, but my shabby old comfortable favourites at home or in the garden. Thanks for reading.

Alyssa from Ohio on February 07, 2019:

Another great poem! I love a beautiful shoe, but nothing can replace my favorite worn-in red moccasins. I've had them for about ten years and for eight, I was able to wear them out and about. Now that they have some holes in them, I use them for garden and outside shoes. An old pair of shoes is like a best friend or a warm hug.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 06, 2019:

Hi Rasma. Glad you enjoyed the subject of shoes and the poem. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 06, 2019:

Haha Liz, don’t take those shoes for granted. Thanks for your kind comment.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on February 06, 2019:

Loved this. A most creative and delightful poem. About shoes fantastic.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 06, 2019:

I shall be taking more notice of shoes from now on, having read this witty and thought-provoking poem

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 06, 2019:

Glad you had fun reading this PoetikalyAnointed. Shoes certainly reflect our personality.

PoetikalyAnointed on February 06, 2019:

This was a fun read that made me giggle a few times. Shoes have their own personality.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

Maybe you need a pair of “Air Jordan’s” then Clive. Thanks for the poetic comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

MsDora, I am sure going without shoes for a time would make you appreciate them more, especially during winter. I have thought about making a few of my poems into a children’s book. I hadn’t specifically considered this one though. Thanks for the idea.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

Yes, Diana..comfort is more important than style or looks for me too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

Well, Dana, being a man I find it hard to understand why most women need so many shoes and handbags...but hey, we all collect something. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

Hi Chitrangada, so glad you enjoyed this poem. Yes, shoes do often create a first impression so they are more important than many realise.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

Wow, Shauna, 40 or 50 pairs? We have a wheelchair tennis champion in Australia Dylan Alcott who collects shoes and even has his own tennis shoe sponsor. Glad you enjoyed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

Gabe, glad to see you are a budding poet. All is good down under. Keep on boot scootin.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

Yes, MsDora. You have to look after your shoe laces. They are very important.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 05, 2019:

Thank you John,my fancy boots help me scoots.

ps.How is it down under? Gabe

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 05, 2019:

I just washed a pair of shoe laces today. They play an important role in keeping the shoe tight. Thanks for sharing yur insights.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on February 05, 2019:

quite unique

Nice and sweet

I like to feel air on my feet

So my boots remain out of reach.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 05, 2019:

I loved it, it's so cute. I buy good shoes and try to take care of them because one time in my life, I had to go without shoes for a couple of months in the wintertime and wear rubber thongs. It wasn't because we were broke; it was because I couldn't find any in my little size 4. Thank goodness my foot has grown a couple of sizes during my adulthood.

I think you could take this poem and make a children's book out of it. Have you thought about it?

Diana L Pierce from Potter County, Pa. on February 05, 2019:

Good poem. You can’t beat a comfortable pair of shoes.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on February 05, 2019:

I never understood what it was about shoes and handbags (if you're a woman) that seems to validate the person. I admit, I love a good pair of high-heels.

Cute poem.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 05, 2019:

Excellent, creative and thoughtful poem!

The shoes are definitely an important part of our personality, to create the first, good impression. The colour, the brand, the occasion, everything matters. So, choose wisely.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. Really enjoyed going through.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 05, 2019:

What a fun poem, John. I'm actually a shoe freak (I must have at least 40-50 pairs of shoes and boots). Pretty ironic for someone who prefers being barefooted!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

I am glad this poem gave you a laugh Devika. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

Yes, Mr Happy, Shoes certainly have stories to tell. I like that quote by Mr T very much. I almost included a funny song called “You Need Feet” by Bernard Breswell (one of the Carry On team).. check it out on You Tube.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 05, 2019:

I laughed about this to myself. A poem about shoes and it is what shows ur best appearance.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on February 05, 2019:

"These shoes were handed down from my father ... so, they keep me humble." - Mr. T. That is a very interesting quote.

There's a little secret about me: I always look at people's shoes when I first meet them, or profile them. Shoes tell me where people have been, or where they are going. Shoes have stories to tell.

I for one am happy that I have feet to put shoes on. Many people do not have that opportunity. I am thankful and thankful for your poem as well.

All the very best!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

haha 1979......not too old if they still do their job. I hope Gabe enjoys this one too Eric. Cheers.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 05, 2019:

So my son commented on my brown Rockport shoes. It occurred to me just how many places and miles. Resoled.

Hmm. 1979 -- that is not to old for a shoe I hope.

You know we are reading this one tonight. See you later alligator.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2019:

Thank you Li-Jen.for reading and leaving an insightful comment. I had a bit of fun writing this one.

Li-Jen Hew on February 05, 2019:

Hey Jodah, loose shoes, cute title! :) I like that your poem focuses on shoes. It's a nice thing to take time to think about how our shoes do us good. It was clever when you said "keep those laces knotted twice" because they cost a lot. Your last stanza is relatable too. It's about impression. Thanks for sharing.