to slip, or not to slip

Sinister Slippers

Sharing Stories
May 25, 2022 at 5:50 p.m.
Dangerous clothing item?
Dangerous clothing item? Keith Wollen


“The Sinister Slipper” 

As I got up in the night to go to the pot,

my slipper attacked me. I kid you not.

I sat on the bed and looked at the beast,

not a worry in my head, not in the least.

Slipping my foot inside, it grabbed my toe,

making a loud pop, as I surveyed my foe.

I lifted my foot and yelled in pain,

while saying words most profane.

The toe turned swollen, black and blue,

as I thought of the moral of this story true.

Don’t worry about traffic and things like that,

the bigger danger is a slipper attack.

As time goes on, I try to forget,

that fateful event I so regret.

But try as I may, I don’t feel so chipper,

Just thinking about that sinister slipper.

Keith Wollen is a retired professor from Washington State University, where he taught and conducted research.

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