Slippery

Slippery

In the dark, he puts his slippers
on the wrong feet; they walk away
and he never sees them again.

Sometimes he misses them,
wonders if they ever think about him,
if they pad around someone else’s kitchen
remembering his hardwood mornings,
his quiet carpeted bedroom nights.

All day long, no matter what he does
or how long it takes, he’s only doing it
to kill some time while he’s waiting,
hoping they’ll find their way home.

But it’s no use, no use. They’re gone,
lost forever in the great wide world, lost
somewhere in the vast asphalt universe,
no doubt someone else’s footslaves,
pacing strange floors at odd hours,
bending to foreign biddings.

He vows never to forget them,
promises himself to remember
their warm, welcoming comfort
but with each rerun sunrise 
he can feel them slippering
further and further away.

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Open Link Night #296
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19 thoughts on “Slippery

  1. I really enjoyed this one. It was hard to get the full effect with the technical difficulties today. This really is one of your best, part metaphor, part a wail of the lovelorn. It even has an existential feel to it.

  2. Love this especially; “Sometimes he misses them, wonders if they ever think about him, if they pad around someone else’s kitchen.” 😀

  3. This is tender, funny and charming Ron! Your writing mind is a marvel man — very cool. Thank you for the wonderful compliment today during OLN Live! 😉 I love Ginsberg, and tge beat poets in general.

  4. This is wonderfully fun. Great title too. Here is my favorite stanza.
    “Sometimes he misses them,
    wonders if they ever think about him,
    if they pad around someone else’s kitchen
    remembering his hardwood mornings,
    his quiet carpeted bedroom nights.”
    Well done. I enjoyed this.

  5. Maybe they will meet again somewhere in the “vast asphalt universe.” If he really cared he would scour the world barefoot instead of moping around through each “rerun sunrise.” JMHO 😆 🥿🥿

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