The Write Out Loud Poem of the Week is 'Shoes' by D.Knape

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This week's Poem of the Week is 'Shoes' by D.Knape, a humorous look at the oft forgotten load-bearers that take us places, serve our needs and are then put in the cupboard until the next time they are called upon. David creates an entire poetic world for them to play in and reminds us that, perhaps rather than eyes, it is shoes that are the window to the soul.

Below he answers our Q&A in his own distinctive style:


What got you into writing poetry?

Community Service, assigned by the judge.


How long have you been writing?

Since birth. The womb did not have enough light.


Do you go to any open-mic nights?

Not any more.  I have been banned from most venues.  


What’s your favourite poet/poem?

Any of mine.  (is there a U in favorite?)


You're cast away on a desert island. What's your luxury?

Toilet paper.



by D. Knape


Shoes speak

whether you know it or not

they talk in the closet

in the dark

they hold conversations

(these are the odd noises you sometimes hear at night)

they speak of all the places they've been

and compare notes about their wear and tear

of supporting 150 pounds or more

of being rained on

walked on and kicked off

then sometimes they will speak

of the lady shoes they met

the high heeled beauties

that walked by with such style and grace

it made them want to know more

to seek their company in private rendezvous

in some dark romantic corner

there is community among shoes

so wide in their diversity

they know your every move

and everything you do

they've seen it all

they've smelled your socks

they've been in your closets

they've seen your dirty laundry.


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Martin Elder

Sun 24th Mar 2019 09:22

I love the whole notion of shoes speaking to each other and being in community together. An excellent piece.
Congratulations on POTW

jennifer Malden

Sat 23rd Mar 2019 20:07

You've really excelled yourself here!!!!! Funny as usual but also very clever to have seen the poetic possibilities in something so unpoetic.Well deserved congrats. (Surely you could have found something more useful than loo paper? There would be gallons of sea water, perhaps moss and some kind of seaweed.)
Again had a good laugh, for which thanks.


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Don Matthews

Wed 20th Mar 2019 13:10

Congrats. A well deserved piece for POTW ?

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trevor homer

Tue 19th Mar 2019 19:49

Some poems insist that you like them - A unique insight into why shoes are the window to the sole. A worthy PoW. well done mate.

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Tue 19th Mar 2019 15:38

An intimate tale of the lower regions DK which brings a whiff of fresh air to the site. Enjoyable and international in flavour. I can see your humour most clearly now with the benefit of your Q and A. Congratulations .


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keith jeffries

Tue 19th Mar 2019 08:03


Excellent. Well done and congratulations. I am so pleased for you.


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John Marks

Mon 18th Mar 2019 19:20

they know your every move

and everything you do

Oh, they do, they do.

Well-penned. John

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Alan Travis Braddock

Mon 18th Mar 2019 17:35

Nice One - cute!

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M.C. Newberry

Mon 18th Mar 2019 14:26

Well done, DK - a distinctive "voice" that refreshes the parts most
in need in an otherwise too serious genre of creative writing!

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Jon Stainsby

Mon 18th Mar 2019 07:35

Congratulations, D.

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