That Dangling Shoe

by Ken Harnisch

I am entranced watching the girl
Whose carefree look
Is not focused my way
But whose wandering eye has caught mine
A time or two this afternoon

She intrigues me
While I wonder
After her biography;
Imagining her as vixen
While clad
In the linens of a saint

A shoe dangles curiously from her toe
At the end of which is a tip
Whose violet shade I have seen when
The shoe has fallen twice
To the tiled floor. By accident, she’d say
If I was bold enough to ask
But the timing of the fall
Always seems on the cusp of my surrendering
Interest in the game

And that violet shade bespeaks fire
Of a kind I could not easily turn from
Even if I were a better man, or one whose
Nobler instincts would permit but
Mere appreciation of her sex

Good for me I am not that knightly;
So it is without equivocation
That my eyes watch that dangling shoe
With the expectation at the end of
Things I’m of the mind
To take her home.


Author's Note: Tag, M...it goes on, the game!

Posted on 01/29/2010
Copyright © 2022 Ken Harnisch

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Rachel Bennett on 01/29/10 at 05:45 AM

Sizzling. =) Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Paganini Jones on 01/29/10 at 11:00 AM

Mmm. :) (Dare I suggest a single word be changed - stanza 3 line - toe to nail? or tip? Or I imagined it a bruised toe when I first read it, which didn't seem the right image... Just a thought)

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 01/29/10 at 01:03 PM

Really strong poetic storytelling here, especially in the conclusion. Nicely done, as usual.

Posted by Therese Elaine on 01/29/10 at 07:57 PM

I had a great visual of all of these women throwing their shoes in your direction to get your attention...this is wonderful of course -and really, it brings home a point I was trying to explain to a friend of mine once, that sometimes it's those little, seemingly insignificant or unrelated details that really contain all the pertinent information.

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 01/29/10 at 09:45 PM

I loved the storytelling quality of this piece. Nicely crafted and very well written- thanks!

Posted by Melissa Arel on 01/30/10 at 04:07 AM

I never knew purple nail polish could be so alluring. Huh. You learn something new everyday :) Our poetic tag game continues!

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 01/31/10 at 03:22 PM

Loved the whole image of the dangling shoe, the lolling tip of toe for "your eyes only", it would seem. Something cool about the tile floor which lets me hear the shoe drop more pronounced. Wonderful example of what the imagination can do.

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