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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Europe (excluding the United Kingdom) (02/19/09)

TITLE: Little Wooden Shoes
By Coleene VanTilburg


"Little Wooden Shoes"

Little wooden shoes, Oh what story do you tell?
Of a "toe-head" who wore you with pride.
Such tiny feet must surely have fit you
And did tread with unseen sandles at your side.

Now you sit on my third stair landing;
Shout loud with colors bold and bright.
Your protection of what is so tender
And a heritage by identified sight.

A gift to a grandson so special;
From Opa and Oma and your father's birth home.
The land where gardens ever splendor;
For wading and walking on the loam.

Little wooden shoes are you for a party,
For dress-up, a costume fair?
A perfect match with suspenders and knickers;
Red and green socks to add to the flair.

A pose, a picture well taken,
Of times spent in the Earth clogs.
Little boy, a first-born wearing
Little wooden shoes carved from poplar logs.

Scuffed and scarred like the feet that fit you.
Out grown, but longing for time.
To protect a sole from stepping
On unseen things in the mud and the slime.

Little wooden shoes, you could not stretch out
To save this stricken, destined soul.
You could not stave off the wounds
Of the pain that would soon take its toll.

Little wooden shoes, your purpose still lingers
Adorned in bright yellow, red in the fray.
To serve a reminder of pleasure;
Of youth, a carefree bright day.

Young Dutch boy who wore you so proudly.
For family and homeland ne'er forgot.
Now serve us in silence, we will fill you
With hope and the small feet in our thought.

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Jan Ackerson 02/26/09
What an original idea--I never would have thought of this, and I loved the imagery and the way the shoes reflected their owner.

Maybe a bit of smoothing out of the meter, for better flow?

I can just imagine this illustrated--quaint and charming.
Norma-Anne Hough 03/01/09
Interesting piece of poetry.
Marlene Austin03/01/09
The imagery of the wooden shoes was clear, but I was not able to grasp the identity or the circumstance of the "stricken, destined"..."wounded" soul - ?
Dee Yoder 03/01/09
Very unique and vivid descriptions in this colorful poem. Many images are well-described.
Joshua Janoski03/02/09
I enjoyed this unique take on the topic. Thanks for sharing! :)
Coleene VanTilburg 03/05/09
Hi to everyone who commented and who read this in the future. First Thanks. This poem and the amazing timing of it all was a God thing. The poem is about my own son, Timmy who wore little wooden shoes given to him by his grandparents. You can view his picture on my facebook page along with
the poem. At the age of 26, in 2007 Tim went home to be with God, perfect now and no longer in pain, he remains in my heart forever and his wooden shoes sit at the bottom of my stair landing. The poem coincided with the 2 year anniversary of his passing. thank you Faithwriters! Coleene VanTilburg
Benjamin Graber03/06/09
Oh wow... Coleene, this poem is beautiful! It is a moving tribute to your son - it is really amazing that this week coincided perfectly with the anniversary of your son's trip home.
I'm praying for you - may you find comfort in Father's love today...
Benjamin Graber03/06/09
Oh, and congratulations on yet another highly commended! You are doing really well!