I saw an ad for a shoe

‘One sole several straps’

One can change colours,

One of life’s many hacks.
I paused, amused by the line

Your face shimmered before me

Un-synchronized in time and space

A glint,  a smile only I could see.
I reached out, “I am ready,” I said

Take me away into your eternity.

Your smiling eyes never faltered

But that door remained denied to me.
I heard my home erupt in laughter

In voices both warm and deep

Crumbling away the doorway

Drying the tears I dare not weep
I thought about it quietly

My soul too has several straps

Some that keep me happily insane

And some that hold me back.

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