Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Foot Loose

Foot Loose

Single shoes
(sandals mostly) washed ashore
by waves born off Africa’s coast.

The waves gather the orphans
floating in the Atlantic
(pink, black, used-to-be-white)
collected by some sympathetic
hand, lined up in a diminishing
row of abandoned little soles.

Where are their mates?
And what happened to that naked foot?
Was there another pair to replace the lost?
I imagine a forlorn face looking
at the orphan sandal
sadly consigning it to a burial at sea.

--Barbara Malcolm

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