Put On Your Walking Shoes

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Walk  (posted by Sumana)

“One can walk in so many ways: walking by faith in God; walking in a space of gratitude. We couldn’t agree more with Nelson Mandela when he says, “There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere.” Buddha tells us to walk safely in the maze of life with the light of wisdom.

So walk is the motif today.”

Put on your walking shoes
the sun is shining down.
Pump it up, get rid of those blues.
Chase away that frown.

Take off your sandals so
cool sand will thread through
the heat of your bare toes.
Don flip-flops and walk to pool.

Walk through the Gay Pride parade
in rainbow-colored sneakers
Remember to give your accolades
to those who fought when times were bleak.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Put On Your Walking Shoes

  1. Good advice altogether – but it’s winter here, so I’ll skip the beach walk in (what we call) thongs.


  2. Sumana Roy says:

    The most comfortable companion for a walk! love the last stanza specially.


  3. Marja says:

    Love the light and lovely poem “Remember to give your accolades
    to those who fought when times were bleak” love love


  4. oldegg says:

    It is always good to find a poem with a completely different slant on the prompt, I am sure Alice would have liked it too!


  5. Ah, lovely and upbeat. It could be a summer song. 🙂


  6. I love the rainbow coloured sneakers, and remembering those who fought when times were bleak.


  7. Lori says:

    Walking shoes, boogie shoes, barefoot, and a reason to walk proud! Wonderful!


  8. sanaarizvi says:

    My goodness this is beautiful! ❤️ I love the energy running through this poem 😀


  9. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    What a walk you describe!


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