New Shoes


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A boy’s new shoes
a pair,
So few.

What a blessing of care
how good,
So rare.

He kept his prayers just as he should
so long,
He would.

Old shoes tired as he played along
wartime stories,
Ragtime in songs.

His heart dreams of the Yankees glories
the Babe at bat,
No more worries.

News reports of continued combat
father’s goodbye,
Wanting him back.

Laces untied
big shoes to fill,
Daddy has died.

Remember him still.

~ an EWK Poe’em   ©2016 EWK

/ Reference of my inspiration for ‘New Shoes’:
This photo (by Gerald Waller) first appeared in LIFE Magazine on December 30, 1946. It features a six-year-old boy in the moment he had received a new pair of shoes at a post-war orphanage; as donated to him by the Junior Red Cross of America.

// Poetic structure of ‘New Shoes’:

4 syllables : Rhyme ‘A’
2 syllables : Rhyme ‘B’
2 syllables : Rhyme ‘A’

6 syllables : Rhyme ‘B’
2 syllables : Rhyme ‘C’
2 syllables : Rhyme ‘B’

8 syllables : Rhyme ‘C’
2 syllables : Rhyme ‘D’
2 syllables : Rhyme ‘C’

9 syllables : Rhyme ‘D’
4 syllables : Rhyme ‘E’
4 syllables : Rhyme ‘D’

9 syllables : Rhyme ‘E’
4 syllables : Rhyme ‘F’
4 syllables : Rhyme ‘E’

9 syllables : Rhyme ‘F’
4 syllables : Rhyme ‘G’
4 syllables : Rhyme ‘F’

4 syllables : Rhyme ‘G
4 syllables : Rhyme ‘H’
4 syllables : Rhyme ‘G’

5 syllables : Rhyme ‘H’

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One comment on “New Shoes
  1. margijay says:

    I love it Eric – very moving

    Liked by 1 person

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