Red Shoes

by Rhina P. Espaillat

I bought red shoes the other day.
They were on sale, which can’t excuse
purchasing something so outré.
I bought red shoes,knowing they’re likely to confuse
people who’ve known me day to day
for the strict ways and quiet views

of those who seldom go astray
or turn up in the precinct news.
But then again, who knows? I may.
I bought red shoes.


Author Bio
Rhina P. Espaillat’s most recent books are El olor de la memoria/The Scent of Memory, a bilingual collection of her short stories, and two poetry collections, Playing at Stillness and Her Place in These Designs. More >

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