What If the Other Shoe

There was a time long ago

the story went, don't you know

Kids are starving, could've been you

What if, someday, the other shoe

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Entitled to all that you can bestow

Pound away to make the dough

I close my mind to block the view

What if, someday, the other shoe

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Fashion row heads on down below

Where green rules the real skid row

And mediocrity turns the color blue

What if, someday, the other shoe

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Lie low the shadows that I outgrow

Sour grapes turn into a fine bordeaux

Drink from the cup of change it's due

What if, someday, the other shoe

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There was a time long ago

The ceiling was glass with no plateau

Now ground level means I won't fall through

What if, someday, the other shoe

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A.A. Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

Nobody ever wants to think about wearing the othershoe. We act like we don't see or hear the about the needs of others. We all need to do our part to help. All of us...


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

The past two years have really brought the other view into sharp focus for me personally. Its one thing to feel safe, secure and untouchable yet claim understanding. Its a whole 'nother ballgame to live it.

Thanks for your support, Augustine. Once again, you hit the nail on the head. You get it perfectly. Hey, and you're number one!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Amy, my dear friend, we have to grow old before we really understand what our mothers/mentors meant when they've said we might one day wear the shoes of those we ignore or condemn.

There is a saying I don't like: "For the love of God there go I." This means in fact the one who says this believe God does not love those who suffer in less comfortable shoes. And that is probably why we feel so rejected by God when we find ourselves in unfortunate situations. I really wish this misconception to be nullified.

Amy, my heart goes out to everyone who find themselves in shoes they've never thought they might wear...


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Very nicely done, Amy! It is good for us to experience "the other shoe." I think you have experienced it enough, but God will decide and surely He appreciates your growing wisdom bought at a price.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Martie, I never looked at "There but the grace of God, go I" in that way before. Now, since your comment, it occurs to me that in saying that we are looking at a suffering brother or sister with the assumption that God favors us over them, which is not the way I look at God, or try not to. You are brilliant, Martie, as nothing escapes your vision. You make me think...

As always, I am thrilled to be acknowledged by one I so admire and respect. Thank you my brilliant friend for always "being there" for me. I love you, dearest heart.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Perspycacious, Your kind heart shines through. I appreciate your supportive comments. As a human, I am subject to the hurt of a rebuff and bouyed by validation. Thank you for feeding my spirit.


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Good question. It is quite rare that people wonder what would happen if the shoe was on their foot instead. I like your poem, very thought provoking.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Cardisa, Thank you for your perceptive comment. I think, often, until someone personally experiences wearing the other shoe, it's human nature to look away, maybe out of fear. Thank you very much for stopping by and leaving your words. I love your photo! You look very beautiful in a relaxed, friendly way.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

As i read your poetry, I thought of the many who are without any shoes all over the world, then of the middle class who are finding themselves unable to buy the name brand shoes they once loved. I think we all are wondering when or if, we'll be wearing the other shoe. Your poetry is thought provoking...Enjoyed..


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Lie low the shadows that I outgrow

Sour grapes turn into a fine bordeaux...

Amy, you are a master at capturing a poignant thought, a socially relevant idea and turn it into a fine poem. You wield words like swords that cut through the pretentiousness of our society. You weave sentences like a skilled tapestry maker, knowing just where to knot, where to pull and what color to use.

'sour grapes turn into a fine bordeaux'- ' The ceiling was glass with no plateau' - wonderful lines. I missed your poetry for too long! voted way up & hugs!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear always exploring, I now understand poverty for the first time in my life. I went from an idyllic childhood to adulthood, never worrying that I would not be able to provide for myself. I am surviving, but without the creature comforts I always earned through hard work; new things to wear, the perfume I adore, but without health insurance while living with the unpredictability of autoimmune disease, and having to do without expensive prescription medications, is very difficult. My biggest concern is vet care for my companion and best friend, MacGregor. If I were to be forced to give him up, it would be the final blow in a long list of have nots. I still, however, feel luckier than some, and I realize that into every life there comes rain...at least. Old habits die hard and when my tax refund arrives, I'm going "blond" again! Hey, everyone needs something to look forward to. Thank you for your visit and kind understanding.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dearest Docmo, I am smiling as I read and re-read your comments again. The thought struck me that your gorgeous comments are far more poetic than anything I write! I don't doubt your sincerity one iota and I tell myself, in order to write it, you must first think it. So, here's what I think; a gorgeous, brilliant doctor likes my writing! If I could manage to remove the cork from the bottle of 2008 Justin Vinyards "Obtuse" (a wine I bought myself after my divorce), I'd open it now and celebrate! Love you, my friend.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I loved it! Someday that other shoe will probably drop but I do love bad wine which becomes great.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Gypsy, my friend, I love your comment! What a perfect synopsis. Thank you for taking the time to visit and leave such great words.


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BobbiRant 4 years ago from New York

We are so apathetic in America that we hardly ever consider wearing the other shoe. The notion people are poor because they are lazy is absolutely ridiculous and yet too many Americans believe just that. Just like the shooting of that young man in Florida (gee, we are so far above racism in America) are we? Great hub, great sentiment too. Voted up!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dear Bobby, Your thinking is exactly on the mark. I've heard it said that the opposite of love isn't hate, it's apathy. As old as I get, I still find the degree of hate speak shocking. I believe you can't say what you don't think. Thank you for visiting, Bobbi. My modem crashed and burned, so I've spend the last week gnashing my teeth and cussing, trying to find the modem that jives with AT&T (sold, of course, in the AT&T store). ARGGG! However, I have been painting like a fiend and have amassed a fantastic old model truck. I have been painting until 2 or 3 a.m. It won't be too long and I'll have another "AB original". My hope is that you and Steve will really like it.


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Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Amy, this poignant poetry should be required reading. I have never liked the phrase, “There but for the grace of God, go I.” Those who live in poverty, and so close the edge…this is not due to the intentional lack of God’s grace. They are just as important, and have just as much potential and need for love and life as do we all. I have very little patience for those who say that people fall on hard times due to their own choices when this just isn’t true. Hugs to you, Amy, for writing this beautiful poem.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh, Genna, my beautiful friend. I miss you. Thank you for truly understanding. I hope life is treating you well. I love your intellect and compassion. You give me hope for humanity.


Perspycacious 4 years ago

Great comment from Genna East. Amen.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I second that, Perspycacious.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

"Sour grapes turn into a fine bordeaux"

What a fabulous line! Wow!

Up and everything but funny!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks, Will! Appreciate your visit and words. Love the story you just posted. When I saw "Titantic" I was saying "WOW"!


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Forgive me, Amy, for being so late to the party. I just discovered I had missed this gem of yours. It is not easy, m'dear, to be poetic, prophetic and profound within only 20 lines but you managed it magnificently. Cheers and a very large Up!


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Dearest drbj, My computer has been down for the 2nd time in as many weeks. I've spent over $200 now and hopefully, I will have no further issues for awhile. If I do, I'm making a trip to the river with my laptop! Thank you for your uplifting words in an otherwise downward time for me personally. I recently had a letter to Elle published (including each and every word), accompanied with a title and picture. PBS Donnybrook read my third letter on-air. These events feel like triumphs and keep my morale and hopes alive. Thank you, my friend, for a treat for my soul.


Vincent Moore 4 years ago

My dear scribe Amy the Saddlerider1 now Vincent feels he has abandoned your beautiful pages. I haven't, I to have had my issues and believe me I know how the shoe fits. Once I wore patten leather now I am in sandals, heck they feel so good.

To many so called uppercrust's are looking down on mankind and brushing the crumb's from their palaces. Yet many of them to are that close to falling from their glass houses and into the streets like many of us. I weep for the down and out, yet many are strong and will regain their status in life.

There is a change in the wind and it's going to blow stronger for those who are in the streets. Peace and blessing to you my kindred spirit.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Honestly, Vincent, I was worried I'd offended you in some way and thought I best "go away". It scares me that one word, inadvertently, can wound another. Although, I think to myself, "he/she knows me, and surely they wouldn't think I meant", but, I know how I hang on the comments of others. I take comments, like gifts, and they have helped, advised, comforted, supported, encouraged, and uplifted me. But, one negative word, even unintentional, misread of misunderstood, can shake another to the core. As writers, we know the power of a word. So, I am glad to know I was wrong and I have some catching up to do at your doorstep. Thank you, Ken, for your gorgeous comment. I adore and will remember that the "change in the wind will blow stronger for those in the streets". Magnificent words from my friend, Vincent. Peace and blessing to you, my kindred spirit.

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