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Poem: "Shoe Flies"

This poem came out of the March 1, 2011 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was prompted by siege and sponsored by janetmiles.


Shoe Flies


Hermes manages to avoid the Titan,
but just barely; the last grasp
rips loose six pinions
from the left wing of his right shoe.

Floundering skyward,
Hermes makes his way back to Olympus
and delivers the message.

Then he takes off his shoes,
borrows a flying horse from a hero friend,
and heads to the immortal shoe store.

There he bumps into Nike,
who is grumbling over the racks.
"Don't they have anything in gold?"
she complains.
"I shop here every century.
Is it too much to ask
for them to stock my color?"

Hermes sympathizes.
"They run out of silver too,"
he says, as he tries on a pair
of sandals with plain white wings.

The proprietor sits on his bench,
patiently tweezing the wings
off of the cherub-winged shoe flies
to make the maligned footwear.

Finally he loses his temper and snaps,
"If you don't like the selection,
you can just walk  home!"
Hermes and Nike pay up
and fly away.

Muttering, the proprietor sits back down
and fantasizes about bribing Chronos
to let him have a few time flies.

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the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: March 3rd, 2011 04:57 am (UTC) (Link)
All that lead up for the pun at the end. *chuckle*
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)

Well...

It's silly all the way through. It begins with a pun, includes a goddess going shoe shopping, and ends with a pun.
the_vulture From: the_vulture Date: March 3rd, 2011 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Well...

Ya know, I completely skipped over the title. Doh!
dakiwiboid From: dakiwiboid Date: March 3rd, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

It made me think of the old Disney song about Dumbo!

"When I See An Elephant Fly lyrics

Did you ever see an elephant fly
Well I seen a horse fly
I seen a dragon fly
I seen a house fly

I seen all that too
I seen a peanut stand
And heard a rubber band
I seen a needle that winked its eye

But I've been, done, seen about everything
When I see a elephant fly
What'd you say boy
I said when I see a elephant fly

I seen a front porch swing
Heard a diamond ring
I seen a polka dot railroad tie

But I've been, done, seen about everything
When I see a elephant fly

I saw a clothes horse and he rear up and buck
And they tell me that a man made a vegetable truck
I didn't see that, I only heard
Just to be sociable I'll take your word
I heard a fireside chat
I saw a baseball bat
And I just laughed till I thought I'd die

But I've been, done, seen about everything
When I see a elephant fly

But I've been, done, seen about everything
When I see a elephant fly

When I see an elephant fly."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: March 3rd, 2011 10:32 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: It made me think of the old Disney song about Dumbo!

*laugh* Yay! I love that song.
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