shoe epitaph

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Epitaph for a Pair of Old Shoes
Donald Justice
Humble, born to the earth,
They knew where they stood.

When they moved,
It was because they must.

Anger moved them,
And the desire to be elsewhere,

Or something in them
Responding to music.

They knew also
What waiting can be.

Side by side, they mastered it,
Like an old married couple.

Photo by Dương Trần Quốc on Unsplash

outlasted

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On a Picture by Burchfield
Donald Justice
Writhe no more, little flowers. Art keeps long hours.
Already your agony has outlasted ours.

Photo by César Abner Martínez Aguilar on Unsplash