The Shoe

he stood there

at the side of the road

tapping his toes

waiting

for something to happen

something to change

someone to come

frustrating

but you can’t just stand

at the edge of the street

tapping your feet

hesitating

at the side of the road

with no where to go

with nothing to do

fading

either cross and move on

or turn back home

cause it’s easier there in the shadows

but he couldn’t decide

so he stood there and sighed

waiting and waiting and waiting

until all that remained

at the side of the road

was a worn out, old shoe

decaying

standing alone

beaten down by a life

of nothing but procrastinating

Author: Anne Celano Frohna

I have been writing for as long as I could hold a pencil in hand and would not feel complete without it. And I actually made a meager living at it (and as an editor) for 25 years. I worked for newspapers and magazines, in graphic arts and advertising, and wrote several local history books. But I have also taught English in Japan, been a Nanny in Italy, worked in and for museums, was an Airbnb Superhost for four years, as well as an Etsy shop owner where I sold vintage items I found over the years of thrift and yard sales. After moving to Arizona with my family in 2010, I completed a series of different writing projects, including two books of creative non-fiction: Just West of the Midwest: a comedy (Based on journals I kept during my two years as an English teacher in rural Japan.) Within Close Range: short stories of an American Childhood (Short stories and poems about growing up as the middle of five children in suburban Chicago.) I've also written children's stories and continue to write short fiction, but have recently found my voice in poetry. This blog, however, is where my greatest passion comes alive. I am also a mother of two wonderful girls, Eva (23) and Sophia (21) and wife to one wonderful husband, Kurt.

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