One-Size-fits-all, Shoes

L. B. Mek

you’ll know the brand

you’ve passed it often enough

and remember it being reflected in the eyes of those

lost, to your memoir’s chapter titles


pricing will never be an issue

but like - the now defunct Big Issue magazine, it weighs

heavy, on the minds of those who chose to blink - past

the blackened fingers and haggard faces, of reality streets


custom-fit, comfort cocoon of ignorance

thrown-in for free, but the sole

is a little more sensitive and self-aware

like memory foam, each pebble’s dent - scars far too deep


lifetime guarantee of enlightening reward points

a sip of wisdom for every mouthful of regret, you accumulate

please, ignore the stains – of blood and tears

that’s just bequeathed legacy, of a life lived fully



© L. B. Mek

June 2020


  • orchidee

    Hmm, strange that. You can buy socks 'one size fits all'. But you have to buy individually sized shoes!

    • L. B. Mek

      Diversity is a truly wonderous aspect of existence, but the unquestionably mirrored experiences of our life's is what binds us, tighter - than mere DNA strands. (my two cents)
      thanks, for such a thought provoking comment

    • Fay Slimm.

      A perceptive bite at those who walk by and adopt a "cocoon" of indifference when haggard faces rattle the cup of undignified legacy when sudden homelessness strikes. A piece that goes to my faves for further reads.

      • L. B. Mek

        As generous as ever, thank you for highlighting that aspect of the work, I was nervous that using the 'Big Issue' magazine reference would be too localised for the metaphorical commentary to be universally grasped.

      • MendedFences27

        This is good stuff. We all live in little "comfort cocoon of ignorance" as we walk our path through life. We all tend to ignore things of our choosing, that make us uncomfortable. Those who choose to face every event, every difficulty, every conflict, we call Saints. The rest of us are Humans, no more, no less. This is a brilliant poem. A must save. - Phil A.

        • L. B. Mek

          Thank you so much, I agree with your summation points completely

        • Goldfinch60

          Our lives change throughout the years but with each change we learn more until we come to the stage of knowledge knowing we have had a good life.


          • L. B. Mek

            indeed, thank you for such an uplifting and insightful comment Andy

          • Michael Edwards

            It's all been said - a great read LB

            • L. B. Mek

              thank you my wise friend, who reminds me with every witty line you pen: that gaiety is a much more worthwhile endeavour, than belated wisdom shall ever deliver

              • Michael Edwards

                That's just perfect:
                Gaiety is a more worthwhile endeavor
                Than implanted wisdom can ever deliver.

              • 2 more comments

              • Neville

                there is a message here for all those who are unable to empathise with those less fortunate than themselves ...

                and likewise, those who point blank refuse to walk a few steps in their crippled neighbours shoes ...

                or summat like that ... I know exactly wot I mean ............................... Neville

                • L. B. Mek

                  you my insightful friend do surely know, but
                  like the rest of us, who dare not utter
                  such a crippling observation, of ghastly truth
                  recognising, that our generation's fated legacy
                  will be to witness, the gradual extinction: of Empathy
                  from within the foundational make-up
                  of our ever-more divided and estranged, Democracy...
                  truly appreciate you taking the time
                  to find and comment on this - 'personal fav scribble' of mine

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