On Borrowing Shoes

Nobody loves caterpillars, except children and teachers of young children. Caterpillars, to a gardener, are creepy crawly and they demolish leaves at ninety miles an hour. But – do they wear shoes?


my caterpillar friends
keep their shoes lined                      110 tent caterpillars
up on fallen tree trunks

the milkweed prefer
lime-green loafers
while the speckled wood
wear pink sandals
that don’t have to be shined
every second day

I’ve seen tent caterpillars
hide black dress shoes
in corrugated cabinets
behind school walls                          IMG_0224..4.28.13 Sky garden
where teens stub out
reefers at recess

I try to leave the shoes
alone        don’t borrow
them for a night or two
it’s a temptation when
the colours are perfect
for the opera or a date
with a five-star general


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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she lives in British Columbia. She is married with three sons, Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more...
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2 Responses to On Borrowing Shoes

  1. Terence T. Miranda says:

    I like it!

    Date: Wed, 8 Jul 2015 11:56:28 +0000 To: terencetmiranda@hotmail.com

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