Free Verse About Shoes That Has Nothing To Do With A Recent Post That Was Also About Shoes

When the shoe is on the other foot
What happens to the shoe that was originally on the other foot?
Does that move to the foot that the first shoe was on?
And do these feet belong to the same person?
A person who is now wearing their shoes on the wrong feet?
Or have two people swapped a shoe each?
And are now wearing odd shoes?
Or is there only one shoe at play?
And has someone stolen a shoe?
But just a singular shoe?
And are they now hopping away from the scene of the crime?

I appreciate I’m overanalysing a phrase
That applies to a reversal of circumstance
I’m just not sure which, if any, of the above scenarios
Really serves as a suitable illustration
Of a reversal of circumstances

Perhaps if the shoe was on the other foot
I’d have a better understanding
Of the dynamics at play

  8 comments for “Free Verse About Shoes That Has Nothing To Do With A Recent Post That Was Also About Shoes

  1. January 31, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    If it is right that the shoe goes on the other foot, would you have a left foot? On the other hand, should you really be talking about gloves?


  2. January 31, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    Too cerebral for this sou- person. I’m lost in the shuffle somewhere.


  3. January 31, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    You shoe made that complicated. Is that last shoe blue? If so it’s mine!


  4. February 1, 2023 at 1:17 am

    While we wait for the other shoe to drop, I have a gem from B.B. King called “The One Shoe Blues” which Little Proclaims might enjoy:


  5. February 1, 2023 at 7:49 am



  6. February 1, 2023 at 1:41 pm

    I think Littler is preventing you from getting enough sleep.


  7. February 1, 2023 at 6:47 pm

    I think ultimately “a shoe on the other foot” means you have assumed another person’s left and right shoes, and have them on correctly. No matter who is wearing them, it is very hard to make progress in life when you have shoes on the wrong feet…so there’s that.


  8. Diane Tolley
    February 4, 2023 at 10:54 pm

    I loved both ‘shoe’ posts, James!
    Interesting dilemma. Shoes and feet are of utmost importance to this senior citizen!
    I also think of the ‘walk a mile in another man’s shoes’ suggestion. Because at the end of that one, you are a mile away. With his shoes.
    As comments for the other post are closed, I’m going to do that here…
    On the ranch, whenever we bought a new pair of boots, the first thing we did was wear them in the river. Got them good and wet. Then wore them all day. By the end of the day, they were perfectly molded to one’s feet! Trust a cowboy!


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