fall 2018 / Poetry 2018 / volume 49

Bronze Shoes on a Budapest Quayside—Elizabeth Weir

Jewish shoes, weary, worn and worked, broken walled, broken-willed shoes. Buttoned and buckled shoes, ribboned shoes and strapped, fashion shoes, pointed and patterned, sensible shoes, a man’s battered work boots.

Knee boots, torn and fallen, children’s shoes, paired and single. A woman’s shoes, small-boy shoes beside her’s; one heeled dancing shoe tipped over, a man’s lace-up leather shoe, its sole already over the edge.

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