It’s the end of August and next week children across the British Isles will be returning to school, spruced up in pristine uniforms and shiny new shoes, which prompted me to search for poetry about footwear by well-known poets. I could only find a few, including this wonderful shape poem by Shel Silverstein:
The poems I have found take shoes and transform them into something else, exploring a variety of fotwear in different ways.
“If, as a chemist, I see a flower, I know all that is involved in synthesizing a flower’s elements. And I know that even the fact that it exists is not something that is natural. It is a miracle” — Albert Hofmann
Elements and Symbols
Undiscovered Laying dormant Recovered By an informant
The symbols drawn Onto the unknown elements Before the early dawn Possibly as ornaments Signs of prediction Part, of some ancient superstition
Colourful But fearful These elements and symbols Remaining a riddle But nothing to belittle Possibly the initials Of gods from the past Carved into stone For ages to last