I Understand That My Feet Are What Move Me Forward – Poem

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I Understand That My Feet Are What Move Me Forward – Poem
A poem by one of our readers, Rosie Copeland. Are you a Budding Poet? Have your poem published in MiNDFOOD magazine too.

 

At the museum we all pile out, single file,

  line up, take a

bow.  En route we’d passed the mall and

  the BP on the

corner, making up Tinder profiles for

dogs, giggling and eliciting short, sharp

  screams as we got an

eyeful of the prospects on the app, a

few kindly matching us. Holding onto

  our tickets we encounter

gloom.  I consult my analogue watch.

  Split into groups we

head upstairs to the mezzanine floor.

I understand that my feet are what move

  me forward.

Jesus held by Mary icons glitter on a wall

  as if

kissed by sunlight.  I say three Hail

  Marys, whisper the 10 commandments,

  feel

liberated. Another exhibit wearing the

motley colours of a bruise looks forlorn.

  Balloon animals in unsettling

neon colours clenched tightly in our fists

  pop.  My feet move me forward.

Opposite the Buddhist statues deified like

  character-unit

palindromes we eat our lunch cheerfully,

quench our thirst with L&P then follow

  our leader who is dressed

rather too conspicuously than her father

  would like, in a plunging

silver, lurex playsuit.  My feet move me

  forward.

Twice now I’ve seen an old ship,

underside exposed like 1000 human

  teeth.

Virtual reality displays offer experiences

  such as rural scenes

where you can cuddle a cow.  My feet

  move me forward.  A meteorite

xenolith in a locked display case begs to

  be stroked.

Yawning, our leader directs us back to

  our

zeppelin:  We line up, single file, board

  and get out our phones.

 

ROSIE COPELAND

Lower Hutt, NZ

 

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