by Joseph Nano
Every time I look at my shoes,
I remember the first part of my life.
My life that was filled with obstacles.
I wore these loafers—brown, leather—in different countries.
They experienced lots of challenges to be
where I am.
Before I got them, I had
to look at my parents’ shoes and learn
from them about life experiences,
and how to reach the summit.
When I look at my shoes, I remember
myself in the airport saying goodbye
to the man who raised me since I was
a kid, and the country that surrounded me
My foot size is bigger now.
Although I need to buy new
shoes to fit my big feet, I will keep
my old shoes—they will remind me of the vivid
stories I will never forget until the end of my journey.