Bare and Blistered

I try on shoes
the way Goldilocks tried three chairs
to find the right fit,

but since there is
no comfortable slip-on,
shoes crawl out of my closet
like an invasion.

I would like to say,
there’s one black, satin pair
I have loved too wisely and well,
or a glass slipper
that fits perfectly,

but I am afraid
at the end of the tale
with all the loafers, oxfords
sandals, sneakers
my battered feet,

that I’ll still run into the forest
bare and blistered.


Pamela L. Laskin edited “The Heroic Young Woman,” a collection of original fairy tales, published by Clique Calm Books. To purchase, visit