There’s something sad about an abandoned pair of shoes
sitting neatly on the ledge next to an immeasurable height.
Vibrant red shoes sitting on the cold gray concrete.
Only life full of sadness leaves cold empty shoes on a cold concrete ledge.
They say it’s to keep your soul from tracking the sadness into your next life,
But what about all the sadness you leave behind in this life.
We were once so young and free.
Making jokes and sitting side by side,
Your vibrant red shoes skipping along the fading hopscotch outline
on the warm gray sidewalk.
Oh, how it felt to have the sun shining on our faces
and for our only care to be what we would play next.
I remember so clearly, your bouncing pigtails,
Your strawberry blond hair in the sunlight.
Never did I imagine that our young innocent hearts could break,
or that sadness might take you away from me.
Maybe I should have noticed the way you would turn away
from me in the locker room when we would change together.
I just assumed you