Day 23 – April Poem A Day Challenge

Wow only a week to go! Today’s prompt over on Poetic Asides, write a footwear poem. A poem about shoes, flip flops, socks, slippers, flippers, boots, pumps, and so on. If you’d prefer not to dedicate a poem to your footwear, just mention footwear somewhere in the poem.

I couldn’t get this one to follow any form – but it’s a story at least!

Standing at the Finish Line

Your girl’s gonna need some cleats
if she’s gonna run cross country
We stood at the school track
September breeze blowing across the field
squinting at one another in the sunshine
Oh, I said, and where is this championship?
Kingston, you’ll need to get a room Coach told me
How were we to know this wasn’t some passing teenage fancy

We knew nothing of track clubs and training logs back then
We didn’t know years could be measured in
miles and worn out running shoes
Trails pounded, hills conquered
That for every scuff and worn out tread
there’s a story and path bled

We’d stand in rain, snow and sleet
through every setback and victory
late night emails from your coach
Captain. Unanimous
She’ll toe the line
One of seven selected for the team

Perhaps it will be another
pretty autumn day in NYC
We’ll stand at the marathon finish
Waiting for you to cross the line
A band of four, holding our breath


Written for Poetic Asides April PAD Challenge


5 thoughts on “Day 23 – April Poem A Day Challenge

  1. Ah the joys of being the parent of a competitive child, I remember it well, having the get the ‘right ‘ shoes, travel on weekends from one of the state to another and it was an effort but I loved every minute of watching them compete.
    Great write Trish, took me back…..


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