2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 23 – Thongs


For today’s prompt, write a footwear poem.


I turn up wearing thongs

I watch as you blush

Those are flip-flops you say.

Well where I live they are thongs

For us to wear a thong is to have but one leg.

So the argument goes back and forth

Do you wear runners, joggers or trainers?

It’s all the same

It’s a cultural thing

Regional I think as well.

We all no matter where we live

Need and use the humble shoe

In all its variations, styles and colours.

So for me it’s a pair of thongs

I’ll wear mine on my feet

You wear yours where you like.


Written for: http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2016-april-pad-challenge-day-23

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13 Responses to 2016 April PAD Challenge: Day 23 – Thongs

  1. Hahahaha! “I’ll wear my thongs on my feet. You wear your wherever you want.” Too funny! I call them thongs too.

  2. I had to laugh loud and long when I read this because I was instantly taken back to a conversation I had with one of my book editors a few years ago. (I should probably say first that in my part of the country, it seems that age makes a difference in what we call these rubber shoes you’re referring to. I’ve always called them thongs, but the last two generations in our area of the country use “thongs” to refer to undergarments and “flip-flops” to refer to footwear.

    Anyway I had written a novel in which there’s a scene where I have my heroine come home from work, put on comfortable clothes, and go into the kitchen to make tea. I wrote that she “padded into the kitchen in her rubber thongs.” One day the editor e-mailed me and said, “I found that scene so mesmerizing I couldn’t stop reading it.” I thought he was nuts and asked for an explanation. His response was that it was such a gripping scene, but that it seemed a little out of character for that person. (It was a Christian novel with a very modest heroine.) It took 2 or 3 e-mails back and forth, with my lack of understanding, before he finally said specifically that the image of her parading around her kitchen in a “rubber thong” was something of a shock to him.

    Once I finally got his meaning — after I finally got my laughter under control — I argued my case for the term “thongs” used in that sense. But his persistence caused me to go online to find out what catalogs labeled the shoes. Not one place online sold the rubber shoes labeled as “thongs” — only as “flip-flops” or “thong sandals.” So I gave in and changed the scene to meet the current standards of footwear vs. undergarments.

    That was three years ago, but just a couple months ago, I came across a catalog that has gone back to calling the shoes “thongs” again. So — I guess what goes around comes around after all. But the book has been published, so my heroine will be stuck in “flip-flops” forever.

    • P.S. I forgot to say I love your piece — especially the finish.

      • Michael says:

        Thanks Sandra enjoyed your comment. I think if we say thongs = plural = footwear we can feel safe. Thong = singular = underwear should be ok too.
        Thanks again for your great comment and I hope the book has been a great success despite the ‘flip-flops’.

  3. trishwrites1 says:

    That brought a smile!

  4. Scout says:

    Here in the U.S. where I live, if you know what’s good for you, you don’t “flip-flop” on new word usages. It took me a few years after we changed the terminology, that it was impossible for me to stop calling the foot-wear “thongs” instead of flip flops, so I stopped wearing them, and now won’t speak of them at all, actually 😀 Well, imagine in the old days when it was pouring rain and Grandma went running to door yelling to Grandpa who was working outside, “Come here and get your rubbers!” (In case your terminology is different, rubbers used to be galoshes-rain shoes.)

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