Ode to a Concrete Shoe Statue — A Poem by Dustin Pickering

Jan 25, 2020

Poet, writer and editor Dustin Pickering presents his poem "Ode to a Concrete Shoe Statue."

Ode to a Concrete Shoe Statue

Sitting is appealing
yet fixed and frozen
are the ways of delusion:
sit, in preponderance
as blissful as a solipsist,
canonized by a mere intention
to be:
this is a shoe never worn,
an invisible sadness cowering deep,
promising Stars empty threats
of retribution,
foot folded separately
like an impossible chair.

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About the Contributor

Dustin Pickering is founder of Transcendent Zero Press, a literary publisher based in Houston, Texas. He is editor-in-chief of Harbinger Asylum, an award-nominated journal for poetry and the arts. He is the author of multiple small collections of poetry including Salt and Sorrow (Chitrangi Publishers, Kolkata, India), Knows No End (Hawakal Publishers, Kolkata, India), The Alderman: spurious conversations with Jim Morrison (Alien Buddha Press, USA), and The Daunting Ephemeral (Transcendent Zero Press, USA). His collection of flash wisdom A Matter of Degrees (Hawakal Publishers, Kolkata, India) attempts to bring concepts of beauty toward Platonism. He was a feature at Public Poetry in 2013. He is an editor of the bestselling anthology Selfhood: Varieties of Experience (with KIriti Sengupta). He is a public speaker, an events coordinator, and enjoys creating art and music as well as reading. He lives in Houston, Texas.

Knowledge is like Teher.
A handful of cooked rice
a humble offering
to ward off the grief
from an entire century.
Whosoever receives Teher
does so with blessings
and well wishes.
Today the T in Teher
is the T in Taaleem
just as the K in Kashmir
is the K in your name.
From Teōtīhuacān to Tral
we make a humble offering.