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"Pink Laces" by Alison Birch


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Published September 1st, 2023

Pink Laces

by Alison Birch
(Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States)

I draw the pink laces
from the running shoes, you bought me
into the cheaper shoes
I know they aren't as good

every mile that I see the pink laces
I see your smile
Christmas mornings
basketball games
camping trips to the Coast
hiking to the cliffs
laughing against the rocks
your breath against my neck

every morning
the pink laces greet me
I draw them tight
they hold me together
every mile
I see the pink laces
I see your smile
I keep running

Alison Birch: I started writing at age nine and was selected by my schoolteachers to attend The Eastern Washington Young Writers Conference. I have enjoyed learning from writers, teachers, and professors all throughout my life. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, a Master's in Education and Reading Literacy, and I am in the process of finishing my Doctorate in Education. I have taught Kindergarten through fifth grade and taught at the university level, as well as having been a university lecturer and student teacher field supervisor. I have had two poems published in Paddler Press.

This poem is included in Poetry World #7, published in the Wax Poetry and Art Library.

Previously published in Texas Poetry Magazine:
Early Autumn

by Janice Canerdy

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