After you put your new shoes on do your shoe boxes become vestiges, too?

Maybe one day you drop that dust rag shirt by the bed,
reaching around you graze your hand along it’s edges
and decide on a whim peer inside.

Now you can never wear those shoes without thinking
about what’s sitting inside their packaging.

Now, in those new shoes with better soles,
you’ll remember all the other souls you put
into its shoe box.
You never would have remembered to remember them
until you drop that dust rag shirt,
left behind from an old lover,
by the bed.