She’s wearing her prophetic shoes today

the ones she hasn’t  worn since her son’s wedding rehearsal


She’s wearing them because if in this

sci-fi  dystopian

novel of 2020 this is the rehearsal dinner


-the first day of school –


then she wants it to be as foreshadowing as his wedding

to his marriage

where life is beautiful


even though at the wedding she got

little drunk

and her fingers got slammed in the honeymoon trunk


She wishes she could remember it


apparently being drunk is a good thing

when your fingers get slammed in a trunk


And thank God it was a Lexus LS 400

because it had the weatherstripping cushion

all around the edges

which someone surmised 

softened the blow of the pain

with the slam of the trunk


She’s told her reaction words were very calmly stated –

nobody panic. I’m OK. somebody get the keys before they take off.


and the only reason she drunk-cried

on the way back to the hotel

was because she feared not being able to write again

and she needed those fingers


she needed them to write the stories


the happy stories

the painful stories

the memorable stories

the stories of disbelief

the stories of days she’d rather forget

the stories of days she never wants to forget

the stories of not exactly being the type to get drunk

but getting drunk because she couldn’t stand the sight

of her ex-husband

who was the one paying the open bar tab

so she felt it her duty to drink

as many drinks as she could

yes, one in each hand most of the night,

thanks to her stepson who kept her locked and loaded –

and anyway she dances so much better when she’s drunk

practically professionally, she’s told

-just like Elaine on Seinfeld 

when she saw the video on Facebook – 


yes, she’s wearing her prophetic shoes today

they’re sparkly coral-colored wedges

with flashy Rocaille beads on the flowery toe

and do not match anything else she’s wearing

just like all the other logical fallacies of Covid-19 in 2020


because despite slammed trunks and

kick-dancing drunks and

ex-husbands and their new hoochie-mama wives

who wear sling-shoulder black sequined dresses to a wedding –

a wedding! – (and people try not to stare, and whisper)-

and her own memories of all that a marriage shouldn’t be –

she knows that 

some shoes walk us straight into

better days


2 Replies to “Prophecy”

  1. Holy mackerel!! I was there in those shoes with you! You walked me right down the road of your “rehearsal” for school and the wedding of your son and slammed fingers in the Lexus trunk! Thank heavens for your writing fingers, as you have cranked out about two dozen story launches in this poem, Kim! That makes this earn that “prophesy” title. Gosh, you are so good! Getting me laughing at “hoochie mama” ex-wives and screaming at your slammed fingers, and laughing at “before they take off” and then back to those blingy little shoes! You are two steps ahead of me this morning, my friend! Thank you for sharing this. Love, Susie


  2. Thank you, Susie! You are always so encouraging. I’ve been thinking a lot about shoes lately. Our writing group could spend a whole week on shoes alone. Purposes, places, prophecies…..of our shoes. 😊


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