Jim Pascual Agustin's Poem

Teesta Review: A Journal of Poetry, Volume 2, Number 2. November 2019. ISSN: 2581-7094

Destiny is a Pair of Leather Shoes

Trying them on for the first time
is unsettling. A discomfort grows
suddenly apparent despite the soft
fabric of socks you’ve had for years.
The stiffness of the leather
presses like shackles.

You squeeze the other foot in,
rise for that first step, then another,
seeking a balance between moving
forward and bearing the pain,
imagining destinations.
Who would be there looking
at how you stride or stand?

Pausing as you glance at other pairs,
you wonder which one
you would rather end up with,
how long before you get used
to wearing such borrowed skin.

No shred of thought
someone other than you
might one day remove them.