She was tall

No sooner than we started this blog than we ran across a quirky little semi-Cinderella poem we liked by Kirkwood resident Glynn Young, entitled “She was tall” and constructed around the shoe statue that sits in front of the headquarters at Brown Shoe in Clayton.

As Glynn explains in his post, “The sculpture in the photograph is by artist Victoria Fuller, and is composed of 2,000 aluminum cast shoes. It sits at the entrance of the corporate headquarters building of Brown Shoe in Clayton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis (and the county seat of St. Louis County). Brown Shoe’s leading brand is Famous Footwear, but it is known to tens of millions of Baby Boomers as the manufacturer of Buster Brown shoes.” And, we might add, the famous Red Goose Shoes, with the red goose who laid a golden toy egg with a prize inside.

You can find more details on the statue the History of Clayton Public Art hosted by the Clayton History Society. 

She was tall

A blind date:
all my friend would
say was that she was tall,
he used the word statuesque.
I bought a corsage, rented
my tux, polished my black
dress Cole-Hahn shoes.
Statuesque didn’t quite
do her justice; we danced
only once, people laughed,
she fled. All I ever found was
her aluminum shoe outside.
The corsage might have been
too small.

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3 Responses to She was tall

  1. So good! I love poems that are tied to a specific place.

  2. theborgpoet says:

    Now this was a fun poem! Thanks for the smile!

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