I picked up the vintage wingtips at a thrift store

They were used of course


The leather was well kept, polished

Soft and in excellent condition


The soles had been warn smooth

And the laces were tattered and thin


As I looked closer

The bottom of the right shoe was worn more


It looked as though the wearer

Had constantly had a load to carry


I couldn’t help but wonder

About the story of these shoes


Who had been the owner?

What was his life?


I knew that he was hard working

From the wear


Responsible and grateful

From the care


And frugal

From the laces


But most interesting is what I could tell

By studying another person’s sole

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