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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go to Baltimore and watch U2 perform as part of their 360 tour. About five songs in, the stage went quiet, all the lights went still, even the crowd caught their breath, when Bono let out…”Future needs a big kiss”…and after a brief pause they lit into the song Get on Your Boots.

Just a few months earlier, I was in New York City, touring the Metropolitan Museum of Art. When we entered the hall leading into that Modern Art exhibit, we were great by a face sculpted out of shoes, entitled Shine by Willie Cole.

U2’s song is not about shoes, but it is.

Willie Cole’s sculpture is not about shoes, but it is.

This is the essence of art, including poetry, taking something ordinary and showing people a new way of looking at it. It is also what we hope happens here at Poetics.

Each week we will provide an inspiration, whether a piece of art, music, photograph, topic, movie clip, news article. Really the possibilities are endless. Your job is to interpret it poetically.

Just starting this journey together, we are going to need a good pair of shoes, so let’s let that be our inspiration today.

~Write a poem, with shoes as your inspiration.
~Post it on you blog.
~Click the Mr. Linky button below, and in the new window that opens input your name and direct URL of the poem.
~Then go visit others that have taken the challenge, as we are all about community here.

Have a great weekend everyone! ~Brian