Thursday, May 16, 2019

To the Sock in the Trash

To the Sock in the Trash

Just because you're worn out
doesn't mean you're a failure.

If it weren't for the holes in your sole and toe
how would we know
the measure of our steps,
the constant erosion
of time and motion?

You're not a failure, you're my hero.
You served from below:
gauging progress
never seeking promotion
the model of devotion.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2019


  1. Love this, Mary Lee! It reminds me of "Famous" by our new Young People's Poet Laureate.

  2. You've written some lines that stick in my head, including this one, my favorite:
    "You're not a failure, you're a hero.
    You served from below:"

    I think of the effort of all who "serve from below" -- yes, including teachers -- and hope that this "devotion" will have provided some comfort...