Court Shoes


 Several weeks ago I posted a “talking shoe” poem by one of the women at the Lighthouse, a residential substance abuse treatment program in Oxnard. Today’s post is an especially poignant but encouraging  example from the small book they compiled These Shoes Were Made for Talking.

 Court Dates

I’m a black shoe that belongs to a twenty four year old ex-drug addict. She has been through many things. The only time she takes me out is when she has a court date. I’ve been on many times when she was shaken up. At one time I had to stay in a blue bag for months ‘cause my owner was in trouble. Today I’m being worn to a very special day – she waits getting her son back. I can feel her feet shaking while she waits. Finally the judge speaks. Thank God, we are now walking home with her son. Hopefully no more court dates.

by Angela W

This art activity was based on a BuildaBridge modification of an original curriculum by Joel Lambert, Eastern University Master’s Student in the MA Urban Studies: Arts in Transformation Program. 2009. Used with permission.

1 comment to Court Shoes

  • Deanna J Bowling

    “Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes.”

    I looked this old saying up on google. It hadn’t come to mind in a long time, but is always timely.

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