He Just Walked on By

This didn’t happen today, but it really did happen. It’s a funny story that I think fits the prompt Brian has presented for the dVerse Poets Pub’s Poetics feature today. Enjoy!

He Just Walked on By


I was walking the dog

Pretty much minding my own business

And here comes this kid

Walking down the sidewalk toward me

Pulling a shoe



This young fella was probably ten or eleven years old

Normal looking, nice-looking kid

He had a rope tied to a shoe

And was dragging the shoe along behind him

The shoe was flopping and bouncing around

And it was, to say the least, a comical sight


I smiled at him and said

As if I saw such sights every day

“Walkin’ your shoe?”

“Yep,” was all he said

No smile; no look of disdain

Don’t be a smart-ass old man

No sir, he just walked on by


I had to laugh

It was, after all, something I might have done

When I was his age

Hell… I might’ve even done it now

If I’d thought of it first


Copyright © 2012 C. Mashburn

There are stories about the kid and his shoe! Click here for the first one “When Does Weird Cross the Line”, then click the links at the bottom of that story to see the sequels.


  1. claudia said

    nice!!! i think i go for a walk with my shoe now…smiles

  2. Mary said

    Love this light-hearted poem, Charles! Sometimes we do have to do something that will take ‘the world’ by surprise. Walking a shoe isn’t a bad idea. LOL.

    • I’m quite adept at taking the world by surprise. That’s why I liked this kid!

  3. haha…what a trip…kids are cool…and sometimes a bit off their rockers as well…but hey if that was what he wanted to do, i am all for it…

  4. Sherry Mashburn said

    Love this! Funny, funny!

  5. I can just imagine this – so quirky and cute. And I love that neither party made any smart remarks. Just an ordinary day.1 Love it.

  6. Charles, this is great! Taking the shoe for a walk. Why not?

  7. Laurie Kolp said

    What an adorable story… I can so easily picture this.

  8. Wishful unfulfilled dog lover making the best of things.

  9. kelly said

    big smile. perfect.

  10. Urm, cringe time ~ I used to do this (because I really, really wanted a dog). This boy is my spiritual twin, thanks for sharing, I think 🙂

  11. hypercryptical said

    Excellent – there is something to be said about being young…but we’re never to old to do crazy things…

    Anna :o]

  12. danadampier said

    Oh my goodness, I love this! I would of been laughing too, I can just see it now.

  13. ayala said

    Funny 🙂

  14. Grace said

    ha..ha….This was so much fun Charles ~

  15. Gorgeous I love that kid! Thanks for sharing this one Charles…I’ll have a smile all day and then some… 🙂

  16. Hahahahaha this is wonderful, my grandson due to allergies when younger could not have animals but being a good gram I bought him a terry cloth dog for his birthday he walked it faithfully everyday. I suppose it won’t be long and this young man will have a dog to walk! Great when stories are true !

    • I wonder if that was what he was saying. When I was a kid, I’d do things like that just for laughs. In fact, I still do things like that just for laughs.

      • ahhh you are still childlike I have never known a grown man to admit that before. tis good my fellow blogger that you are that self assured and confident! LOL

      • Oh, yes, Len. The child in me is still alive, and I doubt it will ever die.

      • 🙂 I reconnected with my inner child when the grandchildren came along…what a delight! Keep well my friend and God bless!

  17. Love the image and story

  18. The Enfant Terrible said

    This made me laugh! I love it. It’s almost like something out of a random dream (someone pulling a shoe).

    • Yes, it is kind of like a dream isn’t it? I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      • The Enfant Terrible said

        Yes, it is. I watched Inception again last night, so I’m all for random dreams. I did enjoy it! 🙂

  19. Haha, I can easily imagine this thanks to your voice – of course, doesn’t everyone get the urge to walk their shoes. I wonder if it had a name or back story.

  20. Great spontaneity and directness here; you put us right there. That is quite an anomalous event… nice to offer it up just as it is– and love your marbles– don’t lose any…xxxj

    • Thank you very much, Jenne! I’m glad you enjoyed the poem and I’m gladyou like the marbles!

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