Rubber Boots with Duct Tape: A Fashion Statement?

At the airport baggage claim,

a young man, nineteen or so,

good-looking, with pale skin, dark mane

pulled back in ponytail, voice low.


More or less dressed normally,

though, for summer, a bit too warmly–

except for his choice of shoes:

duct-tape wrapped rubber boots.


In his defense, they do match

the similar taping of his bag,

but I wonder what he’s saying,

his viewpoint fashion-related.


Are the silvery tape accents

for decoration or reinforcement?


Copyright 2014

T. Allen Culpepper


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