Philip Rosenthal © 2009 All Rights Reserved
The Secret Language of Feet
Old shoes dangle above the streets. Every block
in Flatbush has pairs of ratty Keds
and greasy workboots strung
over the powerlines. Con Edison owns
a century of this city’s discarded journeys,
stories forgotten on decomposing laces.
It started with one dreamer, tossing
his past high to walk the electric tightropes
as he tied another future on his feet.
With all the gladiatorial skill I can muster,
I sling and drape my tattered sneakers
on a wire. I sentence them
to silence, the language of the hanged man.
Patrick Carrington is the author of Hard Blessings (MSR Publishing, 2008), Thirst (Codhill, 2007), and Rise, Fall and Acceptance (MSR Publishing, 2006), and winner of New Delta Review’s 2008 Matt Clark Prize and Yemassee’s Pocataligo Contest in poetry. Recent poems have appeared in the National Poetry Review, West Branch, Poet Lore, and Bellevue Literary Review.
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