No socks greeting by Carrie Peters.
Okay, let me see your feet. Are you wearing socks?
If so, take them off immediately! Today is No Socks Day!
That’s right — a special day set aside to help the environment by doing a little less sock laundry. Happy toes, here I come!
Nope nope nope. You won’t find any socks here today. Not a one.
But there is this: I’ve had socks on my mind ever since I read Kristy Dempsey’s Poetry Conversation with her husband last month. She sent him a copy of Pablo Neruda’s Ode to My Socks, because he’s a person who relishes comfortable things. Do you know Neruda’s poem? I’m sure no one has ever described socks so eloquently. In fact, they sound so unbelievably exquisite, I doubt he could have gone without them today.
ODE TO MY SOCKS ♥
by Pablo Neruda
My dream socks (by resorta 425).
Maru Mori brought me
which she knitted herself
with her sheepherder’s hands,
two socks as soft as rabbits.
I slipped my feet
as though into
with threads of
(Rest is here.)
Apparently, after reading the poem, Kristy’s husband kept thinking about those socks, along with a few other things he really loved: his pen, his pajamas. But then, he surprised Kristy with a poem of his own, à la Neruda:
ODE TO MY OFFICE CHAIR ♥
by Demps Demsey
Sam Walton brought me
a leather office chair
crafted by the sandpaper hands
of nickel and dime Banana republic laborers,
like a big friendly bear.
my butt into it
a billowy cloud
with the fabric of
and supple Italian leather.
(Rest the rest here.)
Pretty cool, no?
photo by vanderwal
Just because we’re not wearing socks today, doesn’t mean we have to go without soup (sacrilege). In fact, socks all over the country, freed of their podiatric obligations, have been assuming other guises and living it up:
Okay, now remember: in case anybody asks you, you DID NOT see any socks here today:
photo by sockmonkeyfun
The Poetry Friday Roundup this week is at Anastasia Suen’s Picture Book of the Day. Do you think she’s wearing her socks or cooking them?
photo by francescabrown
“If it weren’t for women, men would still be wearing last week’s socks.”
~ Cynthia Nelms