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Old Boots
by Felix LeRoy Perry

Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Yea they’re old and scuffed and scarred

No coat of polish will renew their shine

The leathers worn pretty thin in places

Yes they have seen a lot better time

No perhaps it’s not they’re  not the proper

attire in this beautiful temple of silver and gold

I have a feeling thought that man upstairs

don’t mind that my boots are old


But you see friend these  boots are my reminder

of all the roads I have walked in life

Wore them on my Daddy’s farm when I was a young man

And wore them the day I said I do to my darling wife

They got me from my work to the hospital

the day my baby girl was born

Stomped the floor at all the family weddings

so the soles got kind of worn

They stood on the dirt at Mother’s funeral as

my tears dripped on their toes

These boots marched many miles for peace

and the end to the war in Vietnam

When my cousins cross the border daily

gave their lives for Uncle Sam


My kids have all grown up and left

my dear wife has passed on ahead

I kneel each night and say my prayers

and see these old boots below my bed

So I think the Lord will understand if

I wear them when I kneel down here to pray

These old ratty boots are my reminder

of the love he gave me every day.




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Reviewed by Rosemarie Skaine 6/13/2006
Really well written. Your boots took you on a long journey -- Excellent. R
Reviewed by L. Figgins 6/7/2006
Oh this touches my heart and brings a chill. Tied with a leather string and hung on the wall of my breezeway-are my Dad's work boots. I couldn't bear to throw them away. They are the essence of what he was. Can't tell you how much this write means to me. Saved. Thank you, Felix. Truly beautiful...

Lin xox
Reviewed by A PAX 6/7/2006
Oh Felix!!!
My goodness!!!!!!!!!!!
I just adore this
Its the simple things, this is so representative of where
you stand as a human being and as a man, and I don't even
know you, except thru your poetry.
I totally get the attachment to boots, I have had pairs that
I have pulled out every autumn and worn thru spring, for yrs.
And people would question why, why do you wear those beat up old things........
but there was such a physical comfort, as well and a comfort from
the familiar-ness of those old boots.
Fashion mavin that I was in my young vain yrs lol....which I am sooooooooooooo
totally over lol
even then, the boots, were my achilles heel!
no tocha da boots!!
your write has melody, wisdom, humor, and just kicks!!!
God bless you and them booties
Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 6/6/2006
Very beautiful. We all have that one little something that will always reming us...
Reviewed by Suzie Palmer 6/6/2006
Beautiful Felix!!
We are Loved beyond our comprehension..
Love, Suzie :-D
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 6/6/2006
LOVELY FELIX!!!!!!!!!!!

Hearts & Hugs, Dove
Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 6/6/2006
Dear Felix,

Our Creator is happy to welcome all, whether they come in "old boots" or bare feet. You've captured many precious memories here.

Love & Light,
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 6/6/2006
This is quite an ode to something that would normally not come to mind as deserving of such attention. Well done, Felix. Thank you for sharing this offering. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by bluecornflower orangetiger 6/6/2006
very nice writing Felix; would it also make a good country song( just a thought, swore i heard music to it ) ?
Reviewed by Ch'erie de Perrot 6/6/2006
ROFLMAO, Oh I am so sorry Fee, but boots just mean one thing to me, and it aint anything to do with this wonderful write.
I'll share it with you, it's the lyrics to a knock up Kiwi song from the 70's by an idiot namely John Clarke who called himself Fred Dag!

"Well there's rugby boots and racin boots
and boots for drinkin rum
but the only one's that I adore
are the one's that start with GUM"

Like I said he was and Idiot, who became very successful here downunder.
Sorry my mentality is on the blink tonight....

Another Image, Grandfather in his size 11 Gumboots, now there was a pair you didnt want to wear, up the clacker for misbehavin LOL, You can pay out on me in my write for this!!

Seriously, which right now is rather hard, I enjoyed this write very much, with all the heartfelt sentiments of life, love and livin.
TY Fee Sweetie

Reviewed by Michelle Mills 6/6/2006
How wonderful. I don't think I can add a single word to what Sherry has said other than my Dad used to refer to my Grandmother as "tough as old boots". I think that term just took on new meaning for me Fee. Beautiful piece. Michelle
Reviewed by Sherry Heim 6/6/2006
Boots certainly do tell a story, Felix. I used them once to document the life of a soldier in a poem I wrote called Empty yours will be one day and I hope that someone honors them and understands that boots are stained with the life of the wearer. Nice Work!
Take care,
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 6/6/2006
Heartfelt and appreciated! Thanks, I enjoyed!
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 6/6/2006
This one is exceptional Fee. It is a favorite now. Funny thing is it brought to mind Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walking."It also reminded me to walk away and go towards the light with the last romantic thoughts I entertained a few years back.
Reviewed by Peter Paton 6/6/2006
I agree with George below completely
" Memories are made of This "....
One for the archives...
Reviewed by George Carroll 6/6/2006
This is one of your best poems and a keeper.
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