Writings and Witterings



empty shoe www.flickr.com

Empty Shoe – acknowledgements to http://www.flickr.com

A last [1]
forms material shaped
to fit

under leather,
above sole,
below bowed laces

filled by instep,
flesh and bone,
five toes

the void

unthought-of, invisible
yet visible
gap to be filled

Polly Stretton Š 2014

A cobbler's last acknowledgement to:  marketlavingtonmuseum.wordpress.com

A Cobbler’s Last – acknowledgements to: marketlavingtonmuseum.wordpress.com

[1] A block or form shaped like a human foot and used in making or repairing shoes.


22 thoughts on “Void

  1. So very clever Polly! Then of course the last word says so much! 😉


  2. Love the poem and the picture. My grandad had a last just like that. Rust and all.


    • heh-heh…my mum and dad kept one that had belonged to my grandfather. It lurked in our cellar for years.
      Thanks for your comments Elaine 🙂


  3. Love the visible/invisible aspect of this Polly. My dad had a last that he kept in the cellar. He mended all our shoes. It used to fascinate me.


    • Parallel lives, Christine – see earlier comments re my parents and the last in the cellar. Your words visible / invisible are the exact ones that the artist said fascinated her and inspired her work at Croome.


  4. ‘your’ not ‘tour’! I must check before ‘post comment’! 😊


  5. It is the fragrance that makes a shoe “Lived in”. That is what remains after the foot has gone to other shoes. Good one Polly.


  6. Ha. Well, I am thinking of this as a wonderful verbal metaphor–under leather and over sole sounds very much like the part of a human that fills its shape and somehow makes it durable, or should–you could possibly strengthen that conceit if you wanted–I feel sure you intended it, but I don’t know if it is a clear to others? I don’t know–the fragranced is funny in terms of the other meaning of the poem–I somehow picture nylon stockings! Ha. I don’t know.


    • ps-thanks so much, Polly, for your ever kind and thoughtful visits. k.


    • Thanks for this, k, I think it a work in progress and wondered about that final line…maybe better off without it as it could be seen to trivialise…I’ll keep my thinking cap on 😉


      • It’s interesting–the final line makes it much more foot=like and funny in its way, but distracts, I think, from the other conceit–so it works for the foot part but less well for the human part–maybe you could go on a little more if you wanted to emphasize the human part–I really don’t know–you’ll know–I just don’t see the other readers “getting” it in their comments–but hard to know! And also it’s not so clear it’s what you want! (Which is most important.) k.

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        • Yes, I see it, k. Again, thank you for your comments. It’s tricky to know who gets what, but I think each of us bring our own interpretation to the work of others. I want the metaphor to work and the final line is distracting, then that line needs to go and the rest maybe made a tad clearer…it needs attention. We’ll see 🙂


  7. Love how you got from the picture to the words. Very nice. 🙂

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    • Ha! Thanks Carrie. There’s some debate about how clear the metaphor is and that the final line, while amusing, can be a distraction…am thinking about this…
      Glad you liked it 🙂

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  8. Both the choice of item and your poetic treatment of it are inspired and creative Polly. I have very much enjoyed this beautifully unusual piece.


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