my father's wingtips
when I was small ...
now, the shoes he wears
unstylish and scuffed
—Mariposa 29, Autumn/Winter 2013
I remember sitting in front of the black-and-white TV, which might have been tuned to Bonanza or the Wonderful World of Disney. Shoes, polish, rags, and brushes were spread out on newspapers on the floor. And that oh-so-familiar scent. Personally, I think I did a pretty good job. That was back in the day when people needed to look good for work. I don't know: do people still polish their shoes? Or do they just buy more when the old pair becomes scuffed? Or does it even matter?