Decent Fit

Mated for life until one
or the other’s sole finally gives out.
Used and discounted,
a mismatch of styles, laced together
and sorted by size.
Aisle after aisle, poorly displayed in
flickering fluorescence.

Wedding shoes, divorced from
the happy occasion.
Dancing shoes, some barely worn.
The sensible and exotic.
Hiking boots, now gone the distance.
Baby shoes that assisted
in taking hesitant steps before they
were outgrown.

If only these tongues could speak.

Seeking a new relationship,
willing to overlook calloused toes
and thickened nails,
this time around they simply dream
of finding a decent fit.

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