Here is an imitation of Work Boots: Still Life by Jim Daniels
A Look to the Past and Future
Next to the garage door
fencing shoes slumber in the gloom
obsidian and blood red stripes map the nylon
and laces wilt
like the limbs of an exhausted combatant
waiting for the end.
The sole collapses on the ground like the groan
of someone too tired to whisper
a mouth that can hardly pant.
A look inside shows
a small amount of dirt with
a hint of sweat
an idea of safety from damage
the promise of steel and the many years to come.