Walking in my Barefoot Shoes

each footfall is organic and precise
melding to the pavement underfoot
wet or dry, dead moss or sodden leaves
or last year’s fir needles. Each hillside speaks
the labored rhythm of my breath, my bellows-lungs,
the pistons of my thighs— Down. Up. Down. Up.

These hills will know my feet, but not as shoes,
one pair among ten million trampling past
in haste. These sidewalks will remember toes
that like fingers gripped, caressed, lifted

reluctant from a loving clasp. Toes
that scanned the Braille message in the pebbled
pavement and said yes, yes! I know you
and now you know me.

Tiel Aisha Ansari

About Tiel Aisha Ansari

Tiel Aisha Ansari is a Sufi, martial artist, and data analyst living in the Pacific Northwest. Her work has appeared in Fault Lines Poetry, Windfall, Verseweavers, The Lyric, Mascara, and an Everyman's Library anthology, among others. Her poetry has been featured on KBOO, Prairie Home Companion and MiPoRadio and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her collection Knocking from Inside is available from Ecstatic Exchange, and her chapbook High-Voltage Lines from Barefoot Muse Press. Visit her online at knockingfrominside.blogspot.com and https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/TielAishaAnsari
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