Monday, May 17, 2010

My Ugly Shoes

I am wearing a pair of shoes.

They are ugly shoes, uncomfortable shoes.
I hate my shoes.

Each day I wear them, and each day I wish I had another pair.
Some days my shoes hurt so bad that I do not think I can take another step.
Yet I continue to wear them.

I get funny looks wearing these shoes; they are looks of sympathy.
I can tell in others' eyes that they are glad the shoes are mine and not theirs.
They never talk about my shoes.

To learn how awful my shoes are might make people uncomfortable.
To truly understand these shoes, you must walk in them.
But once you put them on, you can never take them off.

I now realize that I am not the only one who wears these shoes.
There are many pairs in this world.
Some women are like me and ache daily as they try and walk in them.
Some have learned how to walk in them so they don't hurt quite as much.
Some have worn the shoes so long that days will go by before they think about how much they hurt.

No woman deserves to wear these shoes.
Yet because of these shoes I am a stronger woman.
These shoes have given me the strength to face anything.
They have made me who I am.

I will forever walk in the shoes of a woman who has lost a child.

-Author unknown


  1. Love this poem, hate these shoes!

  2. Thanks for sharing this! I agree w/ Britt. These shoes suck!

  3. I was shaking my head, yes, during this whole poem. I, too, hate these shoes. Thanks for sharing the poem.

  4. Thank you for sharing this poem. It is beautiful, yet horrible at the same time. I hate these shoes so much.

  5. this brought tears to my eyes. might i steal this from you? i'd love to re-post it.