Work Boots

Worn in the heel
and weathered with use
Father’s boots
at repose in the closet

Iron tipped and
rounded as if having
come full circle
at repose in the closet

Sturdy enough to
carry him past eighty
into retirement
at repose in the closet

Having borne him
those countless miles
imbued with dust
at repose in the closet

A size too small
but shoes impossible
for me to fill
at repose in the closet

Empty and unlaced
paired to his memory
now a centerpiece
at repose in the closet

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