Miz Quickly’s 10th August

Photo by Molly Blackbird on Unsplash

Take a Walk in a Woman’s Shoes

My feet protest,
these shoes they detest.

I’d described it as
      having a wounded second skin,
      invisible damage, but
      getting through the day
      with a smile.

You can pretend to be mean
with keys tight between
your fingers.
      Ready to cut and run.
      Ready when someone
                    emerges like a shadow.

Take a walk in our shoes,
in a carpark. In the dark.

Am I allowed
to hear my alarm bells ring,
and protest
when I feel unsafe.

Sometimes I hear myself
humming in my head.
A happy song.

I have no appetite
for these shoes.

Miz Quickly’s 10th August words include: Shoes. Mean. Second. Protest. Allow. Described. Emerge. Cut. Appetite. Photo by Molly Blackbird on Unsplash. Shared with@Miz_Quickly and #APoemADay on Twitter   ©Misky 2021

7 responses to “Miz Quickly’s 10th August”

  1. Spookily relatable. I like the rhythm of this poem. It has a zing .. almost like a rap song. It suits the shoes, the beat, the feet.

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    1. I’m sure it’s relatable to many women. I questioned the need for a trigger warning but decided against it. Many years ago, I kicked off my heels and ran, thinking someone was following me in a multi-storey carpark. Scared the bejesus out of me.

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      1. Urgh. How awful. I am pretty tall and have never felt the need for heels. Mr Worms just sees how uncomfortable they must be and doesn’t perceive them as beautiful. So I have but rarely worn them. They are definitely an impediment to speed/agility. As are very tight skirts. It’s an interesting thing to ponder these fashions in the light of women’s vulnerability.


        1. I’m 5’7″ and my husband is 6’4″ so I always had the option to go up or down. I usually aim for flats now.

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  2. This poem was made for reading, more so than those shoes were made for walking. How do women walk in those high heeled jobbies anyway?🙂

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    1. Women are a masterful balancing act, that’s how. 😂😂

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      1. 🤣 An incisive play on words. I rest defeated!


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