Shoe Poem

This is an imitation of Work Boots: Still Life by Jimmy Daniels

Shoes For the Court

Next to the Heater

Volleyball shoes bask in the heat.

Sparkling from the wash

and laces intertwined

like the threads of a rope

waiting to unravel.

The shoe all laced up like the closed eyes

of someone too exhausted to wake,

eyes that can almost blink,

A breach in the fabric reveals

a symbol

a flash of the promise of endurance

the promise of strength and the game.