To deal with the heat
On a sunny, hot, humid summer day
Splash and play by a pool
May as well put on some sunblock too
If fair skin tends to turn a cooked crustacean shade
But as I stare out the windows in the
Pleasantly chilled, environmentally controlled atmosphere
I see throughout my work shifts
Many, whose feet are bare as they sit studying or reading
While their shoes are nearby, idly laying.
I wonder if they care or consider
That some time after they leave
Someone else will be using that seat
The self same one used as a personal footstool.
I wonder too
If they realize, just how many
Shoesteps, boot tromps have graced the industrial carpets
All the mud, the dirt, the grime and gloop
and who (doesn’t really want to) know what
– especially walking the furry babies.
Or even walking into someone elses furry babies toilet…after.
Maybe I’m just germ-o-phobic
Although it wasn’t I who got a wart
by walking bare feet
on garage floor and concrete.
Just keep your footwear on
And I will pass on wanting to know
about the surface swab test
and blue light view in the dark.
There are little things I would personally keep outdoors
Instead of tracking them floor to floor.