A new decree was announced today.
Shoes were no longer allowed.
Bare feet only, or face a large fine,
For this is the rule of the land.
People need to feel the earth, the new government proclaimed,
The brush of a wind at their heels,
And the slickness of grass between toes.
The kiss of the sun on backs of ankles.
We would be more grounded,
More mindful, moving with care.
With bare feet its harder to walk
Over anyone smaller than you.
Bare feet only,
And you slow to a stroll
Watching where you tread,
Noticing it all.