Naomi Shihab Nye writes poems for young women, as well as adults.  This one is so cute, simple and to the point.  I love it, and it was short enough to have fun composing a short rhythmic choral piece based on the words.

Here is the poem:

If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit

you take it off

of course you take it off

it doesn’t worry you

it isn’t your shoe.


You may take a look at the score here and please write to me below if you would like a copy:

If the Shoe Doesn’t Fit, SSAA


Here is a version of the song with 9 singers, recorded at the Conseil des Arts de Montréal on October 27th, 2018.

(Allie Weigh, Krissi Campbell, Avery Gietz, Finn Upham, Chloé Génie, Gwenn Fritau, Catherine Harrison-Boisvert, Melanie Kerridge and Sara Breitkreutz)