"these shoes" and "defined"

these shoes

these shoes don’t go with murder;
they’re no heart attack in transit,
causing flyboys to crave cherry
​divebombs in a backseat rental,
crying a “Sweet Jesus” climax
as if He was to blame for libido;

these shoes can’t arouse the sidewalk,
whose paved talk is stilleto strides,
if the fashion of late night homicide
doesn’t sober up a Nike’s penchant
to disbar a cocktail dress’s ascent;

but, damn, punk attitude is sexy,
who gives a fuck about shoes?



if an unknown
variable is defined
by sight,

we’re licking up x’s
on y sidewalks,

balancing out
what tr[ails]
are upside,

in us,

rich on medicaid,
milked government,
masticated wallets;

rooms w/o equations
o/windows, o/doors,
[out, out, out!]

equal into us,


w/o solution



H. Holt

H. Holt has been published by various magazines and blogs, including The Blue Mountain Review, Eunoia Review, Yellow Chair Review, Hobo Camp Review, and Ishaan Literary Review, among others. She was published in Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems alongside former president Jimmy Carter. Holt serves as the managing editor for Staked Rabbit Press. She is a full-time student and a full-time member of The Southern Collective Experience with dreams of writing the next great American novel.


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 16:44