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the Woes of Toes

July 29, 2010
By MargaretJean PLATINUM, Robins, Iowa
MargaretJean PLATINUM, Robins, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
"I was outta luck the day the music died." -American Pie (the song)

The big one holds the firmest grip,
it's job to keep me steady,
and if in fact it's apt to slip,
my second toe is ready.

The third is often left behind,
when one thinks of toes,
because it has no special job,
a truth it always knows.

The fourth is crooked from the first
of many single steps.
I can not help the bones repair
and so crooked it is left.

And on the end of the promenade,
one catches the smallest one,
it's plump and pointless existence
only adding to it's fun.

The little toe is quite amused
when length is pointed out
and even as it's squeezed into shoes
it has not a single doubt
that any toe is bound to be
alone among it's quest
but any toe would not do
for the littlest is the best.

The author's comments:
Poor toes, always taken for granted. I mean, even fingers have names, and the middle one at least has a purpose. But not toes. Sigh.

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on Aug. 22 2010 at 5:33 pm
thewriteidea DIAMOND, Pleasanton, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't cry that it's over, smile because it has happened."

such an original piece! the title itself caught my eye out of 30 others. i really like how you have this formatted, talking a bit about each toe. i now look at my toes different because of this! this is one of the best poems i have read in a very long time!

check out some of my work, too if you'd like. this is great! keep writing!!(:

on Aug. 19 2010 at 7:04 pm
Thesilentraven PLATINUM, Mableton, Georgia
40 articles 2 photos 1632 comments

Favorite Quote:
"il piu nell' uno," (according to Emerson, an Italian expression for beauty)

"Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality" ~Emily Dickinson

"The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain"
~Kahlil Gibran

I laughed with delight when reading the title of this poem, in its wonderful simplicity. A very creative poem in its unexpectedness.