Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Be a trail blazer

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I've been thinking about the road less traveled and taking the high road...all those metaphors for achieving. You can't get far if you don't take the steps. We writers get comfortable in a particular genre. We compete with other like-writers or with ourselves, and sometimes we just travel in the ruts. Dare to blaze a new trail today. If you are not a poet, try to write a poem.

This silly poem was inspired by two different guys I saw at two different places wearing thongs (the foot wear)with dress slacks on a wintry day when there was snow on the ground. At first, I was critical, and then I thought, why not?

The Love Affair's Over
Linda O'Connell

I'm sad that it's over.
I'm sorry we're through.
But you're not worth the agony;
this is long overdue.

With you, I felt sexy,
got noticed in a crowd.
You took me to fine places.
With you, I stood proud.

I'll admit you still tempt me,
but I've had enough.
You've cost me a fortune, and
I can't deal with your stuff!

I'm older and wiser.
I've paid my dues.
I'm in love with my flip-flops
good-bye, high-heeled shoes.

Kick up (or off) your heels today!

12 comments:

K9friend said...

Every toe screams
And both ankles wobble
High heels are dreams
From sadistic people

Tee-hee! You can see I'm NOT a poet!

Beth M. Wood said...

Love it!

BECKY said...

Linda....this was GREAT!! I was fooled until the very end!! You should submit it somewhere!

Susan Wicker said...

Very cute, Linda. Enjoyed that. Write more poetry! Sincerely, Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Linda O'Connell said...

Hi Pat, Beth, Becky, and Susan, when I was young, I sued to dance the tips off my heels. I have to wear flats, flip-flops or frumpies now. Thanks for checking in.

Linda O'Connell said...
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Linda O'Connell said...

And Pat, you are a poet, you just don't know it.

bookish-life said...

But... I love my heels!

Linda O'Connell said...
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Linda O'Connell said...

Bookish, wear them while you are young and you still can! One day you will be searching the house or closet for flats. :)

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

One of the first pieces I published ran in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and was about pointy-toed shoes which rival high-heels for discomfort, especially if you have long spider toes like I do! I avoid heels and pointy toes whenever possible - if I could wear my slippers everywhere I'd be a happy lady. Love your poem. You've inspired me to try one!

Tammy said...

Oh, the memories you conjured! I carried on that affair, too. Ended painfully. In fact, the whole affair was painful. I've been with my true love for years now. There's much to be said for short, thick and squishy...they know how to treat a girl. So tender and kind!