"Triptych On Walkwear" – A Series of 3 Haiku


(<arch 13, 2020)

“My ‘PI’ Issue Boots”

those old, worn troopers

slump to attention

worn down – but not out

“”Stand Here”

yellow footprints patch

assumes ‘the position’ on deck

tells us where and how

“That Forty-Five Degree Angle”

seen and used but once

at recruit training, but

now revered icon*

*(Had plans for a series: Boots I have Known” but as with many things in my life I get tugged and torn along currents not always it seems mine own. Hah! I see already the long and exhausting “treats” on the titular subject coming to a socks bin near you. Bring you own favorite spray and/or deodorizer – as much for the well-sweated leather as the reminiscences. At my introduction to the arcanea of Parris Island, South Carolina’s 1st Recruit Training Regiment, United States Marine Corps on a gentle just-past-midnight September 18, 1967 – it could have been 17Sept by my DD-214 is AWOL – I had no time for yellow footprints painted on the asphalt: there was one burly brute screaming unpleasantries standing just past the bus driver’s station and two or possibly more similarly loquacious individuals yelling, screaming, shoving and pushing so I had my own concierge-host to get me where they thought best I should go – doan need no steenkin footsprints!)

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