The President on the Shoe’s Upper by Bei Ta

The President on the Shoe’s Upper Bei Ta


The head portrait of the president

Is on a coin

The coin is on the shoe’s upper

While the shoe is on my foot

I put up my foot

And then put it down

Sometimes it is as light as a feather

Sometimes it is as heavy as a stone


When my foot falls down

It does not touch the earth

Or the president

Because I am wearing shoes


Between the president’s head

And my head

There is my body---

The short distance like that between the sky and the earth