Eye On Life Magazine

Lifestyle * Literary

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A Man with Children

The way I walk these days the tips

of my soles and the edge of my heels

wear out too fast for a man with children.


So I tell Rocco, cobbler nonpareil,

“Tack on four steel cleats,

two in front, two in back”


so I can walk home between

two full shopping bags

and whatever pride I can summon.


All four blocks of concrete,

I’ll keep those cleats from clicking.

Decades ago I wore cleats


as big as doubloons;

I struck them so hard sparks

flew from the sidewalk.


You bet all the girls

in high school knew 

a man was walking behind them.



Donal Mahoney