old shoes

For today’s blog post, I just want to share a poem I wrote that has special personal meaning to me. I really hope you’ll take a moment to read it to the end and think about its message.

It’s also been recorded as a Single Dad Laughing Podcast if you’d like to listen along.

Two Brand New Shoes On My Feet

Today would be no normal day,
Nothing bad would come my way.
I would not blend, I would not hide.
I was feeling rather bold inside.

So through my closet racks I flew.
Looking for what? I barely knew.
A shirt that made me stand right out,
Pants we all could talk about.

Shoes brand new and full of sheen,
Hair so nice, well kept, and clean.
Yes, I looked good, but not too much;
My jacket was the perfect touch.

And to the breezy streets I stepped,
And toward my destination crept.
Today was my non-normal day.
I looked the part in every way.

And as I walked with head held high,
I came across a homeless guy.
With dirt and life smeared ‘cross his face
Next to him, I was so out of place.

His pants were dirty, torn, and ripped.
For all his walking, he wasn’t fit.
I walked right by his empty stare,
With my nice clothes and perfect hair.

He never noticed me.

And soon enough along my way,
I came across a man quite gay.
His pants were tight and shiny too,
His belly shirt was something new.

He held a bright pink tiny phone
And was talking in such a femmy tone.
I walked right by his little act,
And thought, that guy has zero tact.

He never noticed me.

Yes, I still felt like a million bucks,
With clothes well-trimmed and neatly tucked.
Compliments would come my way
On my so not so normal day.

Then a woman with purple hair
And a shirt that said she didn’t care,
Smiled big as she walked on by,
But not at me, at some other guy.

She never noticed me.

And then a kid with eyes blue-green,
And a cleft lip that made me squeem,
Held tightly to her mother’s neck,
As I passed by on my hurried trip.

They never noticed me.


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Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!