We store stinky sneakers outside,
To open-air breathing provide.
Perhaps a surprise
May open our eyes –
This hygiene may best be denied.
This morning, while driving to school,
Our neighborly gossip did fuel –
As out of one shoe
A black cricket flew,
I slammed on the brakes like a fool.
My teen had been lacing one sneak,
Perfecting the latest technique.
But deep in the toe,
The bug did not show,
And she had not bothered to peek.
The crunchy-shelled critter discrete,
Hopped under the passenger seat.
We jumped on the grass,
As neighbors drove past,
While staring in wonder complete.
Averting catastrophe, yet,
A moment we’d sooner forget,
The bug reappeared,
As we might have feared,
And we nearly our pants did wet.
Posted for a variety of prompts:
Easy Street Prompts (“catastrophe”)
Heads or Tails (“way” or “rhymes with way”)
Meme Express (“Elvira,” “black,” “dark” or “hearts on fire”)
Monday Poetry Train (poem/s)
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