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you can tell a lot
about someone from their shoes.
a good egg,
the shoes of this one
scream in tongues,
bellowing from deep in her gut.
"help me!" they cried
"i'm all alone,
i have no home
just a place i reside."
he looked up to see
a pillar so stoic
and she didn't even know it.
you can't tell what plagued her
from solely a look -
she requires more than a glance
she's no open book.
you have to sit with her once
and let the soft words
from her mesmerizing voice
put you in a trance.
he saw the shoes of an artist -
paint stained and covered
in a variety of coffee grounds -
clearly she worked to get through her days
probably to pay for wherever she stayed.
he saw this worn look on her face,
that, paired with
this dazzling yellow aura of grace,
could tell a grand story
if she'd ever let you in.
he saw a beautiful girl, deprived of so much
with hair hugged by the wind
and skin kissed by the sun.
her sadness genetic,
feelings poetic in nature
so the pain didn’t phase her.
with a copper shield
she took on the world
but no home could keep her,
her love just a teaser,
insecurities deeper than the surface.
her best learned habit, you see
is how to be without family.