Lipstick and Loafers

They rest on a wooden box
right beside my bed
In memory of your long strong walks of grace and pride you lead 
The heels are worn 
from years of wear
A tassel’s torn on your favorite pair
They kept you moving forward 
even when it didn’t all make sense
For that, your penny loafers 
stay right beside my bed

 

I kept your shoes— 
don’t know what I’ll do with them
I kept your shoes —
now that you are through with them 
I kept your shoes—
you wore size six and I wear ten 
Too small for me 
but way too big to fill
You’re the mom I wanna be, 
but I know I never will

 

In the box below I have 
your Revlon Red lipstick
It became Dad’s honor 
to put in on you when you got sick 
Always dressed to the nines-
it was so important to you
He’d make sure that you’d 
always be you
I can’t put it on, Mom, ‘
cause I don't share your style
But, I’m often told 
that l have your smile

 

I kept your shoes—
don’t know what I’ll do with them 
Your lipstick too—
now that you are through with them 
I kept your shoes—
you wore size six and I wear ten 
Too small for me, 
but way too big to fill
You’re the mom I wanna be, 
and I doubt I ever will

Perspective sure changes 
as you age
You think one way 
and then life turns the page
I used to roll my eyes at my mom’s lipstick on my daughter’s cheek
Now what I would do to see those kisses where they oughta be

 

I kept your shoes, 
don’t know what I’ll do with them
I wept for you, 
now that you are through with them. 
I kept your shoes, 
you wore size six and I wear ten
Too small for me 
And way too big to fill
You’re the mom I wanna be 
and I hope someday I will

 

We toast to moving forward 
but we never really move on
I know you’re on my shoulder, 
and your spirit’s never gone
I’m holding on to your 
lipstick and your loafers, Mom
I’ll hold on to your
 lipstick and loafers, Mom

 

Loafers from L&L video