Shoes By The Door Poem
By sam shoemaker from the oxford group i stand by the door.
Shoes by the door poem. 5 6 pick up stick getting their tools wooden sticks were tools used at. The poem has taken several forms and been known by at least two titles. After all you ve walked through it s the least i can do morgan harper nichols. Dr john gillies gp and chair royal college of gps in scotland 2010 2014.
They re dusty worn and scratched. Shoemaker toward the end of his life wrote i stand by the door aka i stay near the door as an apology for his ministry. Even worse there are holes on the side thank you for blessings the prayer went on. I first heard the poem in 1983 during a devotional time at the beginning of church history class at eastern nazarene college taught by joseph seaborn.
No matter how many pairs of feet live in your home you always have multiple pairs of shoes for each season. But my thoughts were on his shoes again. I stand at the door. And there are so many nice looking shoes.
Revd ali newell and lilias fraser. Let me hold the door for you. It is not the poems that follow you out down washington s wealthy sidewalks it is not the family photos that dog you much much later scratching away at your door it is a child s sandal scuffed across the toe an old man s surgical boot ingrained with dust a dancing girl s high heels a widow s slippers inhuman horrid survival. There is no use my going way inside and staying there when so many are still outside and they as much as i.
The anthology was edited by kate hendry. I neither go to far in nor stay to far out. You want to fall in love with a shoe go ahead. This poem is included in the second edition of tools of the trade.
The door is the most important door in the world it is the door through which men walk when they find god. A shoe can t love you back but on the other hand a shoe can t hurt you too deeply either. Poems for new doctors scottish poetry library 2016. Aren t we supposed to look our best when walking through that door.
Originally the song might describe a regular day of lace makers who were traditional workers back in the 17th and 18th centuries. I may have never walked in your shoes but i can see your soles are worn your strength is torn under the weight of a story i have never lived before. It is not surprising that shoemaker penned several versions of a poem which most have titled so i stand by the door actually at christmas 1958 sam had this poem and many others privately printed by calvary church in pittsburgh. The shoe man said a quiet amen i tried to focus on the prayer.
1 2 buckle my shoe would mean that the workers are getting ready to work. Hold the door for you. I thought this man with the shoes has no pride. Because kicking off your shoes when you get home is a sign of homecoming and comfort.