Ink’s Favorite Stiletto Heels Look Different to Everyone

Ink is Art’s wild child
dressed in words
for feels. She is the one
all kinds of people point at, and say,
“Such perfection” and “What a skank”
and “I could eat her up”.

– when her wilds are deepest, Ink chooses stilettos made of poetry –

While on heels to kill (or caress, if you want),
Ink reaches for different heads, hips, beliefs…
using the same words. She can stab you in the face
or carve me a world to delight in, really—
Ink touches you and me, through our own knowing,
without ever having to change shoes.


the wee notes…
– a Wicked Luv told me that she felt a bit lost after reading the comments others left on “The Ghosts of Amontillado Fumes”. Her interpretation matched no one else’s. She asked if I wouldn’t mind explaining the story to her. I told her I could explain what the tale meant to me, but only she could know what it meant to her. Then, I wrote this poem.
– linked it to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads and to Poets United.


Love Magic, by Natalie Shau


79 thoughts on “Ink’s Favorite Stiletto Heels Look Different to Everyone”

  1. I love your puente, Magaly (that sounds rude)! I especially love the bridge: ‘Ink chooses stilettos made of poetry’and the lines:
    ‘Ink touches you and me, through our own knowing,
    without ever having to change shoes’. And what a stunning image to illustrate it!

  2. Magaly, I love this. I know there is a deeper story and theme here but i read it literally, artist and lovers. My nine-year old grandmother daughter loves to draw, sketch(??), and paint or color. But she is awful, like me. I never progressed past the stickman stage. I tell folks never to ask a child what they’ve drawn. That makes them think and work within the “people box”. You can ask her/him to tell you about it but do that carefully, make the kids think it’s their idea to tell you, if they want to.
    On the lovers side, these are my favorite lines,
    “Ink touches you and me, through our own knowing,
    without ever having to change shoes ..”
    Sooo romantic. About like me, I have two pair of shoes and one pair of slippers.

    • Art is art is art… And it’s true, children and there muses are best left alone to explore their artistic pursues, only give guidance if they ask (and encouragement always).

      Romance in the ink, how extraordinary. 🙂

  3. Guess, my mind was in the gutter, thinking erotic thoughts, as I read this. Sigh. Time to get out the brain bleach and do a thorough cleaning.

  4. Dressed in words is so cool – and the different “interpretations” of that dress – those comments! Beauty in they eye of the beholder, I guess.

    I also like “reaches for different beliefs”… oh the challenge to make people think (and change)!

  5. I love that people can interpret artful words in so many ways. Of course, in day to day communication, it can be a curse, but as art, it makes writing come alive… an evolving organism. I adore that you personified “Ink”.

  6. This was a most delightful reading experience. I began in the middle.. love that bridging line, then read the first stanza, crossed the bridge and read the finale.. Had to go back to the first stanza, which I adore!
    When you have killer heels and know how to walk the walk…

  7. An outstanding visual and depiction! Love everything about this piece.

    And you are so right with this, “I told her I could explain what the tale meant to me, but only she could know what it meant to her.” I believe art finds and meets us where we’re at. Explaining somehow takes away that experience.

  8. What a great ambassador our ink is in spreading our thoughts, words and feelings with others all over the world. “Vive la difference” wordy ambassadors!

  9. Wow, so well put. Only you could make such deep, serious, important truths so very sexy!

    And that picture is to die for. I haven’t worn stilettos for about 45 years (by choice) but – never mind your Jimmy Choos or Manolo Blahniks – these I would HAVE to own!

  10. There’s an alchemy that occurs in the moment a reader meets the right set of words. We can’t help but reveal our hearts when we reveal the words that have had the most impact on us.

    • Thank you, Marian. Don’t you just love those moments when two people read the same poem, and one wants to tattoo it on their skin forever and the other swears you’ve written garbage? I’m always quite intrigue by the Perfection/Skank conundrum when it comes to interpretation.

  11. Vonnegut once said, “There went my dream of doing with words what Pablo Picasso did with paint or what any number of jazz idols did with music. If I broke all the rules of punctuation, had words mean whatever I wanted them to mean, and strung them together higgledly-piggledy, I would simply not be understood. So you, too, had better avoid Picasso-style or jazz-style writing if you have something worth saying and wish to be understood.”

    I still have dreams of being the wild child and doing free jazz on the page while connecting with readers.

  12. And, THAT is precisely what poetry does! It opens up meanings in people, shows them different ways of looking, hearing, feeling, and shows them the window to healing. You do it best!

    • I’ve always thought of ink at the family member all the cousins and family friends look at funny. I wonder if that’s the reason why so many people would say “artists and writers”, as if writing is not an art.

  13. Love the link between poetry and stilettos! A perfect image to keep in mind while sharpening my own lines and thinking about others’. You have an amazing capacity for showing something familiar, new.

  14. Splendiferous wordsmithing in this! Enjoyed the comments on interpretation. ‘Ink is Art’s wild child’ got me thinking ‘tats’ right out of the gate – and insofar as both ink mediums (be it onto page or skin) are a form of expression, it was an interesting direction to start off in.

  15. You are so right! From reading a story, to looking at a piece of art, everyone is going to have their own interpretation! I love your words, as always!! You are brilliant with them! Big Hugs 🙂

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