A New Year

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Saatchi Online Artist Loui Jover

A new year arrives
      wearing old shoes
   down at the heals
      the toes scuffed
The tattered laces
      square`knot tied
   as if by some child
      learning patience

The new calendar
      is hardly blank
   The fine old residue
      of appointments on
already stained squares
      Hard reminders of
   of the failing system
      body mind spirit

Still the time stamp
      will change a digit
   Small change you say
      Change nonetheless
Like the car’s odometer
      passing 200,000 miles
   but as he likes to say
      Still on the old engine

Old shoes like old cars
      wear a lot like old men
   Something comfortable
      about the upholstery
And is there anything
      quite like the smell
   of a pair of old boots
      that have kicked dirt


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to A New Year

  1. no longer able to kick the dirt, I treasure my old shoes all the more

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