Yellow Footprints



There in the faint, narrow headlights

Under the bus grill’s evil grin

Glowing set of yellow footprints

Where the journey would thus begin


A chosen path had been laid out

And there are many tests in store

There they will be measured against

All the brave who have gone before


The emblem and the honor won

Warrior’s pride cast in the crest

Like a brand burnt within the soul

For here, have stood the very best


And if they stand there long enough

If they bear all these trials through

They will have earned the greatest gift

An honor dressed in blood-striped blue


In all the years that lie ahead

This will be where their best did start

And where those yellow footprints led

Still beats within those young-eyed hearts


The rank and row of perfect pairs

A well-remembered, vivid scene

Haunting nightmares within the dream

Dreamed by the few they call Marines



23 Responses to “Yellow Footprints”
  1. beth says:

    so sad and moving

  2. Well i have read somewhere about the tradition of yellow footprints and it sure a marine symbolism. Another great dedication to a topic Brad, make me curious to know more about it 😊🤔

  3. yassy says:

    Epic tribute. You write the soul of the matter. Right what needs to be written and read. I greatly admire your style of writin.

  4. gldn2th says:

    To those who have served, Semper Fi! Well done, good sir.

  5. jonicaggiano says:

    This is so beautifully written Brad. Amazing tribute, to our serving and retired military. I was not familiar with the yellow feet, so you have taught me something new, yet again. I loved every line.
    Sending much love to you my friend. Have a blessed day. 💕❤️🤗❤️Jonikins

  6. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    Great poem Brad, an impressive tribute to the few and the proud! Very much a Marine tradition! I’ve truly enjoyed this beautiful poem!

  7. Jim Borden says:

    I’ve never heard of the yellow footprints and the Marines. Another great tradition.

    Wonderful poem, Brad – and thank you for your service!

  8. Geri Lawhon says:

    Great poem to give a tribute the marines.

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