I was carefully crafted, then placed on a shelf
Many had observed me, some even tried me
But inevitably I would always be placed back once more
I sat watching and waiting
Surely I will be noticed too I thought as others disappeared around me
Then one day I stopped watching… I was never chosen anyway
Your touch startled me, surely you were mistaken
I had become dull and outdated
Pushed to the back and forgotten while making room for the new
Yet you found me there and wiped me of my dust
There was excitement in your voice and joy in your eyes
You reached out your hands taking me along with you
Or was it I who then took you
Either way the journey began
We traveled fast at times as though something were chasing us
Your face seemed worried with fear
I loved it when you would hear a tune and begin to dance about merrily
It was then you smiled
Moments like those were always easier to witness
Some occasions we wouldn’t move at all
We would just stand still in absolute silence
It was then I caught your tears as they fell… each one released your fears
I often wondered about the others who had been chosen first
The ones who were easily plucked from the shelf
I wondered what paths they had been placed on
Were their travels similar to ours?
It was hard to tell, for our roads never crossed again
It seemed you and I always walked alone
Would only I know where you had been… and where you would go?
I am so grateful to know it was I that you chose
I will cherish our journey as long as it may last
Carrying hope for you future as well as your past
Funny thing is… you are unaware that I know
After all my tongue doesn’t speak so how could I show?
I carry your travels… you are not alone
It is all right here etched in my sole
With every step and every stumble we have become a perfect fit
The stories of you… who knew?
Careful where you step…
I am your shoes.