Slightly Used

The cost of the Nike Lebron 11
basketball shoe
is $200.00.
The world’s largest retail chain
has over 100 kinds of children’s shoes
for less than $30.00 in their
online store.
Twenty percent of the world population
does not own a pair of shoes.

There are at least
four pair in the back
of my closet that I
never wear.

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12 Comments

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12 responses to “Slightly Used

  1. Laurie Kolp

    A powerful statement, Mark. It’s good to see you.

  2. miguelalex888

    The last stanza was very striking. Great piece.

  3. I think it makes us sit up and take notice when we realize 20% of the world’s population does not own shoes. Strong writing, Mark.

  4. A thought-provoking poem, Mark! The facts are powerful on their own but even more so when put together.

  5. Mark, one thing I know.. shoes are unevenly distributed.. and those we never used are the worst.

    Another thing is probably that the factorygirls making the 200 $ shoes had to work a few weeks to buy a pair…

  6. That fact in the end very well shows the disparity between the haves and have nots. Well-penned.

  7. This is sad with some hard truth..I recently gave away some shoes during a shoe drive..hope it helps someone..

  8. that really puts it all in perspective now doesnt it….sad that we would spend so much for shoes when there are those that have none…ugh…shoes like wealth is def concentrated in the wrong areas….

    one thing i always talked to my kids about was being concious of where there clothes come from…and the conditions of the workers…what are you supporting in your buying…

  9. I powerful juxtaposition of wealth and poverty tells us not to waste so much. But it is the wasteful people with more money than sense who keep the poor employed, so perhaps it’s less unjust than it appears. A dichotomy.

  10. aprille

    Yes, but….
    I hear your indictment. Still, I wonder how many pictures on the wall and ornaments you have around your home; how many photographs in your scrapbook of life?
    Shoes and other footwear, constitute both those things for me. Are we never to own a vase or an urn because they could be used by others for practical purposes ?
    My argument doesn’t stretch to the overpriced sportsgear you mention, although I have to confess that I look upon my own running shoes as works of art.
    How complex we humans are in our futility.

  11. Like how the facts, presented together evoke such introspection. Poetic treatment of economy and the individual.

  12. Thanks for this perspective piece Mark, and for being a part of Poetics!

Some of what I write is true, some is fiction; most is merely possibility.

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