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VERSES: The Fury of Overshoes  

Lucas Kannenberg - 2014
Last Updated: Mar 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts
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The Fury of Overshoes

They sit in a row 
outside the kindergarten, 
black, red, brown, all 
with those brass buckles. 
Remember when you couldn't 
buckle your own 
or tie your own 
or tie your own shoe 
or cut your own meat 
and the tears 
running down like mud 
because you fell off your 
Remember, big fish, 
when you couldn't swim 
and simply slipped under 
like a stone frog? 
The world wasn't 
It belonged to 
the big people. 
Under your bed 
sat the wolf 
and he made a shadow 
when cars passed by 
at night. 
They made you give up 
your nightlight 
and your teddy 
and your thumb. 
Oh overshoes, 
don't you 
remember me, 
pushing you up and down 
in the winter snow? 
Oh thumb, 
I want a drink, 
it is dark, 
where are the big people, 
when will I get there
taking giant steps 
all day, 
each day 
and thinking 
nothing of it? 


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Lucas Kannenberg

Lucas Kannenberg is a Senior at Hartford Union High School.  He is a lifetime member of 4-H, and continues to participate in 4-H activities to this day.  He is an amatuer woodworkerker in his spare time.  He was formerly an apprentice rough and finish carpenter, and is currently an apprentice cabinetmaker.  He is attending Moraine Park Technical College in the fall, and is going through the Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration Technologies program.  He enjoys spending his time hiking, fishing, frisbee golfing, cooking, and playing with his dog.


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