My Shoes Bite

My Shoes Bite

A Poem by Mallika Relives
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My shoes bite. My chiropodist has given up on me. Time, my poetry takes control. In finding answers, Why my shoes bite?

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My shoes bite.
I wonder why?
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Do I choose the wrong shoes?
Or do I not like wearing them loose?

Do I try hard and fit in?
Even if they sprain my shin?

Do I not mind hurting myself,
Just to assuage the vanity delf?

Do I conform to accommodate,
The blisters and bruises; to self-berate?

Do I cringe in pain so that I don't explore,
Of fears unknown, to step out afore?

Do I really care as much, to belong,
To a world which doesn't discern the right from wrong?

_________________________

My shoes bite.
Think, I always knew why.

© 2016 Mallika Relives



Author's Note

Mallika Relives
What do you feel?
Do your shoes bite too?

Artwork courtesy: Vincent Van Gogh, 'Painting of Shoes', 1886.
Incidentally, In 1886, van Gogh visited a Paris flea market and came across a pair of worn-out shoes. He bought them and brought them back to his atelier in the city’s Montmartre district. It’s not clear why he bought them, but it could be simply that he needed a new pair of shoes. Apparently, he did try to wear them and found the fit impossible. Instead, he decided to use them as a prop for painting, and the shoes soon became the most celebrated footwear in the history of modern art.

I don't know what made me write this. Wish the doyens of Nonsense Poetry would offer their counsel (Carroll, Lear, Rabelais).
What do you think?

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I wear no shoes, unless the road will tear my feet to shreds. I I refuse to conform, let them lock me up again. I refuse to adhere to sick skewed social protocols based on weak and broken egos, let them lock me up again. I refuse to recite dogma verbatim without conscious thought, let them lock me up again.
You wrote this with an ear to the ground where truth rumbles underground. I like that very much.
It is poignant and powerful. Well done. Bravo.

Posted 2 Years Ago


3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

Mallika Relives

2 Years Ago

What a powerful review! Thank You!
Couldn't have put it better myself.


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You are such a cool and unpretentious writer. This was so impressive.

Posted 7 Months Ago


Mallika Relives

6 Months Ago

Thank you for the kind words.
Got me thinking of another metaphor that of a mask..how many masks do we have to put on from the time we leave our homes for 9 hours for work and back..Ideally in a perfect world a mask wouldn't exist and we would all wear the H mask..The honest mask- our faces..nothing short than a brilliant poem. Well done

Posted 1 Year Ago


Mallika Relives

1 Year Ago

I agree with you. Most of the paraphernalia we encumber ourselves with are redundant and bog us down.. read more
Shoes are overrated, but if you must, the fit must be or don't go far. A nice little piece you have penned here. Well done.

Posted 1 Year Ago


Mallika Relives

1 Year Ago

Thank you Willard! Kind of you to read and review.
nice one. started off as a silly rhyming poem, but packs quite a punch later! :)

Posted 2 Years Ago


Mallika Relives

1 Year Ago

That is the quality all nonsense poems are meant to have. Thanks for reading.
Remember the cliche, if the shoe fits, wear it? As writers we can get blisters and bruises from wearing shoes which do not fit properly. The improper shoe size represents writing which is forced and the result is not a smooth walk but a crippling one. I like your use of metaphors within your poem. All the best.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Mallika Relives

1 Year Ago

Thank you Sonia for your views and sharing them here. Look forward to reading your works.
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Sonia Walker

1 Year Ago

Good to hear from you. All the best with your creative writing. ~ Sonia
I love this! Such a powerful poem! Great work with this

Posted 2 Years Ago


Mallika Relives

2 Years Ago

Thank you Hannah, you are rather kind.
First- Van Gogh, yes.
I must be in good company.
We must think about how we walk about.
I love it.

Posted 2 Years Ago


Mallika Relives

2 Years Ago

Haha, yeah Bacchus you surely are in good company if you like Van Gogh. Thanks for reading and revie.. read more
Great work !!!!
Thanks for sharing

Posted 2 Years Ago


Mallika Relives

2 Years Ago

Thanks Zunie!
zunie frost

2 Years Ago

Welcome!!!!!!!
The artwork of the picture is a fitting piece to this write...I knew I had seen it somewhere... and your author's note answered my question (Van Gogh is a favorite of mine as with lots of other artist...as well as the questions presented to the reader in the verse...each one can take them in their own thoughts and come up with many answers...thanks for sharing...

Posted 2 Years Ago


Mallika Relives

2 Years Ago

Thanks Glen. Van Gogh indeed is one who leaves you with a powerful image, every single time.
beautiful read for such a simple concept
bravo

Posted 2 Years Ago


Mallika Relives

2 Years Ago

Glad you feel that way, John. Best, M.

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Added on February 8, 2016
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Tags: Shoes, Metaphor, Life, Introspection, World, Reflection, Nonsense Rhymes


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