The Shoe Shine Man

Updated on December 6, 2017
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Kenneth has a taste for abstract/prose poetry as well as the comical side of life. 23-years of writing for a newspaper has served him well.

  A shoe shine man is working at his firm-Mlimani city Mall, Dares salaam.
A shoe shine man is working at his firm-Mlimani city Mall, Dares salaam. | Source

His music is our blurred refrain--musing the rain

A breath exposed, and the shoe shine man looks down.

His feet are naked, full to eyes open spilling the pain

A hand touches her, and the shoe shine man looks down.


Our folks are pale skinned, reaping the wages

A butterfly dances on hairlines so pretty.

Her fingertips are nice, easy to love in ancient sages.

And the shoe shine man whispers his deity.


Hard steps, one on one, thumb on thumb

Suits a-shining, a bride now morning pining.

The shoe shine man just works in evening dumb.

A groom dies easy with cheap coffin lining.


A soft rain now greedily walks away

His mountains are plain, not hard to touch.

Her feet so tickled, fickled, love they say.

Shoe shine man gives much--catches much.

© 2017 Kenneth Avery

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      Kenneth Avery 4 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Dianna -- a Sincere Thank you for this comment and being my Dear Friend. Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours and have a Safe, Happy 2018.

      Kenneth

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      Dianna Mendez 5 weeks ago

      This says so much more than what is written!

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      John Hansen 6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Merry Christmas to you and yours too, Kenneth. Thank you.

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      Kenneth Avery 6 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hey, Nadine,

      Hello. I haven't talked to you in ages. Hope you are doing well.

      Thank you Much for your sweet comment.

      And I wish for you and yours a . . .

      Merry CHRISTmas and a Safe, Happy 2018.

      Keep in touch!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 weeks ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, John,

      Thank you my friend, for your very nice comment and remarks.

      I mean it.

      I want to wish to you and yours a Very Merry CHRISTmas and a Happy, Safe 2018.

      Kenneth

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      John Hansen 6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      An intriguing poem, Kenneth. This needs reading over and over.

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      Nadine May 6 weeks ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Wow! Very deep.