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Your Shoes Beside My Bed by John Tustin

Your Shoes Beside My Bed

I woke up alone this morning
Like I always do
With my arm around my pillow
And the pillow told me I love
Your shoes beside my bed.

I went to the bathroom to brush my teeth
And my toothbrush told me I love
Your hairbrush on my sink.

I sat to breakfast
And my fork told me I love
Your legs in long black socks beneath my table.

I got into my car and when I turned the key in the ignition
The engine told me I love
Your fingers tangled in my hair.

I checked my rearview mirror
And the mirror told me I love
Your body in the passenger seat,
I love
Your deep kind eyes in the rainy night of the Cross Island Parkway.

I got home that night
And when I fell into bed
The sheets told me I love
That the scent of you still lingers there, just enough.

by John Tustin

Editor’s note: The personification in this poem allows the objects around the speaker to tell the narrative indirectly, enhancing the emotional impact of the last few lines.


One response to “Your Shoes Beside My Bed by John Tustin”

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    Robert Bradshaw

    Terrific poem, told with just the right touch.

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