Posted in Triolet

In My Shoes

Paper collage shoes
Paper Collage “Shoes” by Leona J Atkinson 2020

While walking thru life in these shoes

I saw things I didn’t want to see

Came upon things I didn’t choose

While walking thru life in these shoes

I walked away from things I hated to lose

Stood firm when when I wanted to flee

While walking thru life in these shoes

I saw things I didn’t want to see

Triolet

Yes, many things I’ve seen and done in my 75 years, but nothing has quite been like what I am seeing and experiencing now during this virus.

I pray all our shoes will stand strong so that we will all be walking away from this time in our lives healthy and free to really live life again in a world that is free from this terrible disease.

Posted in May 2019, Triolet

How Many Roads?

Image of Bob Dylan
Happy 78th Birthday to Bob Dylan!

How many roads have you trod

In those earthly shoes?

Though worn and weary yet you’d plod,

How many roads have you trod?

Through city streets or soggy sod,

Doin your best, payin your dues,

How many roads have you trod,

In those earthly shoes?

Triolet

The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind, The answer is blowin’ in the wind.

—Bob Dylan

Happy 78th Birthday today to Bob Dylan!

Posted in Free Verse, November 2013, November PAD Chapbook Challenge 2013

Festival Park Revisited

Today I drove past the places we had been,
not too long ago,  
and no one knew except me,
that the same street I was on today,     
was the very one we had ridden our bikes down
that rainy day in June.

I remembered how we had gotten so soaked from the pouring rain,
that our hair dripped in our eyes,
and our shoes squished when we walked,
but we held hands and laughed,
and listened to the band play,
and we were warm and happy.

Today, it is not raining,
my shoes are dry and the sun is shining,      
but there is no music
and everything seems cold and empty.        

Teardrops replace the raindrops in my eyes,
because I am here, and you are not….

Free Verse
Leona J. Atkinson  11-03-13
(In Remembrance of 10-28-1989)