Take Off Your Shoes… (And Stay a While)

Take Off Your Shoes… (And Stay a While)

                      ………….

So, the journey of a thousand miles-

starts with a single step

(and) you can only be-

where you are;

listen to everyone-

but make up your own mind

………….

the dislocated memory –

provokes a kind of emotional ‘stand-off’

 -revealing a tunic of mild regret

buttoned, protectively against a cruel world

………….

humility is sacrificed on the altar of ego,

where confident self-worth bleeds-

onto hissing white-hot coals

………….

the sceptic’s wry smile, punctuates the dawn, pregnant with fragile potential

…………

and the afterbirth is an irony

because the dream was terminated at 24weeks old

………….

meanwhile,- in the stillness…waiting for the thunder-

after the lightening strike-

an invitation lies unopened in the heart

……….

the weight of all those silent years

…………

intruding on grief; – trampling barefoot over the

fragments of compassion…

…….

a discovery… ‘poisonous weeds in paradise’

………..

finally reaching the edge of need,

armed only with yesterday’s bread-

and the crumbs from beneath another seasons’ table

………..

fatigued by the walk of a thousand turns –

‘feet splintered and blistered by the relentless tread of mill

………

Shh –  come a little closer,-

…………

rest your head and heart-

……….

take off your shoes and stay a while…

…………

© Danny Scott – [ All Rights Reserved].

2 thoughts on “Take Off Your Shoes… (And Stay a While)

  1. ‘Love this poem – so many of the lines ‘speak’ to my heart… (and I especially like to read it aloud!).

    • Thanks for your encouragement, I am very pleased that this poem inspires you. – Yeah, I really wanted this to be a deeply ‘felt’ and highly experiential & ‘tactile’ piece – and reading it out loud certainly adds to this dynamic. Keep stretching those wings and believe & trust in the flight!

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