Old Shoes

Old Shoes

A Poem by Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
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Inspired by the man in black and his song "I been Everywhere".

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Old Shoes 

By


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada 


"People call me wild. Not really though, I'm not. I guess I've never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I'm country." -Johnny Cash




These old shoes have walked many a mile

Found simple pleasures in a country smile


Have walked the backwoods of Mississippi 

Took me to shacks with Moonshine and whisky 


Walked the black tar streets of Kalamazoo 

Brought me to Hollywood and Timbuctoo


Heard Angels sing on the Rocky Mountain High

Found Southern grace in a red Georgia sky


Lost my favorite leather wallet in New Mexico 

Left a piece of my heart in old San Francisco 


Danced in the streets of New Orleans 

Found love in the arms of a creole Queen 


These old shoes have seen their better days

Have always stayed faithful towards my rugged ways


Love has come and gone but one thing stays the same

These old shoes bring me home again.

© 2021 Carlos Lorenzo Estrada


Author's Note

Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
Thank you for taking the time to read this work. It's greatly appreciated. Feel free to comment and leave your thoughts.

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Big fan of Johnny Cash, Carlos. Loved the movie about him and his wife June Carter. They made an interesting couple to say the least.

You call this post a poem, though I hear lyrics all the way through. Not only that I can hear Johnny Cash's gravelly voice singing along. You have my approval rating here. Old Shoes is a hit with me.

Chris

Posted 1 Month Ago


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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

You truly are undeniably a Cash fan. I had just recently come upon a video and in the background was.. read more
Chris Shaw

1 Month Ago

When I first heard Hurt, the emotion in those lyrics rocked me. Cut to the quick they did. Legend he.. read more



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Great work Carlos,
I really liked the flow of this poem and the Homage to the 'Man In black' .. It was an absolute joy to read!
Thank you very much for sharing. : )

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you kindly for your thoughts on this poem. It was a lot of fun to write this tribute to an Am.. read more
Yes as Chris says Carlos definitely a Hit, and one that could lend itself to a musical backing maybe. Johnny Cash - a legend - and at one time a close friend of one of my icons, Mr Robert Zimmerman himself.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you red93 this was a fun write as well. I kid you not I actually heard Johnny Cash singing the.. read more
I’ve heard many melodies of Johnny Cash; a real country boy, but not exactly in the mold. I love your piece on this incredible journey, the vivid images of famous places, so different from each other, and with the same old shoes which brought you( him) home again….you’re rhyming is superb…that’s a real talent!
Best, B.
PS a true Cash fan!


Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much Betty for your thoughts on this poem. It was such a fun write. It really paints a .. read more
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Very beautiful and soulful!!

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you so much for your thoughts on this poem. I think it really does reflect the man who inspire.. read more
To go about life and reflect on the times.. oh how great.
A nice write.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you Melinda for your thoughts on this poem. It was fun to write this for the exact reason you.. read more
This poem has a good feeling to it. These shoes have... And I love Johnny Cash. So I'm glad you mentioned that his song inspired your poem.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Shelley, for leaving your thoughts. This was a fun write and a tribute to the man in bla.. read more
Shelley Warner

1 Month Ago

I use to watch his weekly show until we got a different kind of tv and didn't have the same channels.. read more
Hello, Carlos! :)
Those are special shoes and adventures. Thanks for sharing.

Posted 1 Month Ago


mattavelli

1 Month Ago

It reminded me a bit of "I've Been Everywhere" by Johnny Cash.
Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

exactly. I was watching a program on TV and they played Hurt by Johnny Cash and afterwards I went t.. read more
mattavelli

1 Month Ago

He has some fun songs to sing along with.
Old shoes have a way of bringing
us back to the green green grass
of home Johnny Cash was one of
kind ..you wrote a lyrical tribute
poem to the man in black. here
so neatly and poetically expressed
btw heard Elvis was alive and living in
Kalamazoo..lol.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

That's it I'm heading to Kalamazoo on next vacation lol Thank you Fran for your kind and funny thou.. read more
  Fran Marie

1 Month Ago

you re so welcome
Saw Johnny in 1968...great concert...the man in black...one of the first singles I had when I was six years old was "I walk the line" and the flipside was "get Rhythm"...absolutely wore that 45 out.
this poem also reminds me of Joe South..."walk a mile in my shoes, walk a mile in my shoes, before you criticize and accuse, walk a mile in my shoes"---
I really like your poem Carlos...it triggers some really good memories....

j.

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Jacob. If I'm able to bring a good memory to mind with a work of mine then I take it as a.. read more
wow those shoes been around, i myself do a lot of traveling so i dig this write, thank you for sharing

Posted 1 Month Ago


Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

1 Month Ago

Thank you, Mauricio, for leaving your thoughts on this poem. This was fun to write because the wor.. read more

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Carlos Lorenzo Estrada
Carlos Lorenzo Estrada

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