Barefoot

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Walk down the sidewalks and boulevards barefoot –
Feel the pavement beneath your soft epidermis.
It’s solid concrete for eleven steps. Then
A stone stabs into a toe. Stumble willingly,
Walk and stumble from the aftershocks of pain,
And cultivate your endurance, until the skin
Hardens to the touch, becomes stone
Slapping the concrete in return with each of your steps.
And when winter comes, feel the skin soften
Until seasons change back to a time to ache and limp.





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