Your Shoes Will Make You Happy Today


February 10, 2016 by petrujviljoen

Copyright Kanzensakura

Copyright Kanzensakura

Dverse Poets are in top form today with a prompt and photo supplied by Kanzen Sakura. We’re to choose a fortune and write to it.


Fortunately …

last winter’s ashes for

this summer’s gardening

scooped and dug into soil retaining water

covered head to foot

a hose, a shower a bath

it took

in answer to

officialdom’s call – stepping

out right

in time

in tune


dressed to the nines

well-heeled, bagged, mascara’d,

nails, lips highly sheened

  • Are you ms C…?
  • Yaas, indeed!
  • … this way please.

Back at home [at l(e)ast] heel snagged

took a tumble, made tea,


… plastic gardening shoes are so much more comfortable

… don’t you think?

Copyright Petru J Viljoen

Copyright Petru J Viljoen

27 thoughts on “Your Shoes Will Make You Happy Today

  1. Your play with words is enlightening and catchy. Short, precise and interesting. Great poem. I could imagine myself in the garden after a rainy afternoon. We’ve had an odd rainy season here in South Africa, we appreciate the rain, whenever it decides to fall.

  2. Bodhirose says:

    Oh yes, much more comfortable! I read your reply to Bjorn regarding the waterfalls and wonderful nature minutes from your front door…I would love that…how nice it’s so close. It’s so rejuvenating to be out in the middle of it all.

    • It is SUCH a privilege. I saw the most stunning sunset last night, flew off to be in time for the last throes of the drama and left my camera at home! Maybe just as well, one gets to absorb with nothing between one in it. I have to skirt a patch of trees to get a 360 degree view. Thanks for reading and commenting. Nobody mentioned the Cinderella context even if they did notice it. 🙂

  3. Sumana Roy says:

    yeah, comfort first…in spite of my short height i’m a flip flop person…

  4. Bryan Ens says:

    Some shoes are professional, some are fashionable, but only great shoes can make you happy.

  5. i can’t seem now to
    get those forTunes
    iN focus..
    what i do
    and FeeL
    for me..
    iS steps
    and words
    are great
    to find a
    iN SonG
    and Dance
    no matter now
    wHere they’ve
    been before..
    new in bare

  6. Indeed!! I don’t own one pair of heels. 🙂

  7. as a man I’m fortunate enough to just have comfortable shoes… but yet I might still prefer to stroll in the garden in clogs… Our garden is woodland, so it’s more trees than flowers actually…

    • I can go straight from the garden, step over the track in front of my house and be in the midst of nature, a waterfall to the left, 5 min walk, another to the right a 20 min walk, another off the tourist trail half an hour’s walk and a major climb over rocks and through trees. Don’t have to get dressed for it, thankfully. 🙂 The high heels in the poem is a fiction, it’s been decades since I last had any.

  8. Definitely. Anything but heels. Nicely expressed.

  9. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Oh yes, truly comfortable 😀 such a breath of fresh air your poem.

    Lots of love,

  10. whimsygizmo says:

    Flip-flops, for me, please! 🙂
    Love this, especially:
    “took a tumble, made tea”

  11. Glenn Buttkus says:

    Yeah, raining here too in the Pacific Northwest. Your poem is sweet, intriguing, laden with both simplicity & implicitly–with a lot implied between the lines (honoring the other prompt “you are a lover of words”). I enjoyed the read & the treatise on comfortable shoes; damn the 80’s when men’s platform shoes came into fashion.

  12. thotpurge says:

    Definitely more comfortable!! Agreed.

  13. Grace says:

    Of yes, very comfortable, all the time ~ I can’t wait to check out the garden after this snow season is over ~

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