Abandoned Shoes: Moving On

When I first found these shoes on September 20, one leaning against the wall of a house on Pearl Street and the other standing up straight on the sidewalk beside it, I imagined someone kicked them off to crawl through that tiny basement window, but when I saw them in the same spot three days later, only tipped over and set side-by-side, I began to wonder whether or not these shoes didn’t have a live of their own, and whether, by extension, all the shoes that I’ve been labeling “abandoned” aren’t merely living out their simple lives, independent of any feet, in pairs or alone, full of romance for the pavement.

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