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Dawn L. C. Miller: The Deadly Shoes

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Art by Bernice Holtzman © 2024

The Deadly Shoes

by Dawn L. C. Miller

 

Red shoes, glittering red sparkling

upon the silver screen shining:

click three times and you’re home.

Shoes solve everything.

 

But red, red, red shoes once wished onto your feet

keep you dancing out of control

until someone from the village

mercifully chops off your feet.

Remember the fairy tale? No?

 

But these were the shoes that fashion made

So point toed, so dictated, de rigeur.

These crushed your toes into a V

and shortened your leg muscles with their stiletto heels

so you could not put your foot down flat.

But who wants to be natural?.

In the fifties. In the sixties.

 

Ballet shoes with their ribbons were kinder:

box toes packed with lamb’s wool

on pointe. On stage.

So you attempted to fly.

A bouquet of roses landed red at your feet.

 

Red, red, red, Chinese red

where shoes attained the highest cruelty.

Crushing a small girl’s feet,

bone by fragile bone

to cripple her for the fashion?

No, for Morality,

so she can never run again,

but must hobble the rest of her life,

an ornament in China Red shoes,

paying her price of beauty.

 

Dawn L. C. Miller holds an MA degree from Washington College, Chestertown, MD.  Her work has been published in The Bluebird Word, Poetic Hours and by Hopeworks.  Her self-published collections include Illuminations and Out of the Basement.  A resident of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, she daily witnesses the effects of human intervention on the forests and marshlands she loves.

Bernice Holtzman’s paintings and collages have appeared in shows at various venues in Manhattan, including the Back Fence in Greenwich Village, the Producer’s Club, the Black Door Gallery on W. 26th St., and one other place she can’t remember, but it was in a basement, and she was well received.

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