Shoeshine - Recalling the Lessons of My Father - In Memoriam

Stay out of the business. Shine

for quarters on corners, in barbershops.

Shine wherever you can. Just stay away

from the business, your father said.

Gave you a box to shine clean

outta Brooklyn.


Just the right schmear of Kiwi -

brown, oxblood, or black - let

it dry, Let it dry. A bit of banter,

a shuffle through the box for that

buff-worn camel hair beauty

of a brush is enough to keep

the impatient bastard relaxed.


Buff it hard. Let him feel your sweat.

The camel hair is yielding enough,

don't hit the foot with the grip.

Give it a beat, a rhythm, yours not mine.


Wrap the chamois round the heel.

Be quick and pendulous.

You always led right, I'll lead with my left.

The rest I do as you. Chamois down

and away from the heel. Roll over toe,

polish up the laces. Finish with a crack,

a whip on a shoe made new

and take the quarter with

a thanks, a wink and a nod.

◄ Migration On A Bad Day

Some thoughts on the definitions of "Smudge" as per Merriam-Webster ►


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Devon Brock

Fri 21st Jun 2019 23:18

Thank you Peter - love your work!

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Peter Taylor

Fri 21st Jun 2019 22:54

Hi, Devon - just passed through a storm of yours, which was about everything, thank you. I picked this one to say something about everything but mostly because I understood it most. I need to read more again but this was great first time round, so many thanks once more.

Peter T

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Mon 17th Jun 2019 14:42

as previously mentioned Dev, certainly not run of the mill material. Am I jealous of your skills? too right

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Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:15

Poetry served hot to trot with loving detail like a focussed small world and the temporary submission of the client is apparent as a towering influence. Great sense of immediacy a touch of Bukowski!

All the best ray

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Devon Brock

Mon 17th Jun 2019 11:02

Thank you Martin

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Martin Elder

Mon 17th Jun 2019 09:27

So much beautiful finely crafted detail here Devon.
Love it

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Devon Brock

Sun 16th Jun 2019 23:50

Thank you Jeannot, Eiren, Jason. This is a kinda' difficult day for me. Your kind words mean a lot.

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Jason Bayliss

Sun 16th Jun 2019 23:48

I'd have to echo Eiren, immersive and engaging.


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Eiren Water

Sun 16th Jun 2019 23:45

This is so immersive! I am there on the street, traffic noises and heat rising from the pavement. I hear the voices and the rustle of the newspaper. It's glorious. Thanks for sharing.

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Sun 16th Jun 2019 23:34


Love the immediacy of the poem. Very well done!


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