Each Step


His clothes carry the dust of a thousand years

As his walking stick taps out syncopated time

The old man peers down the road yet ahead

And in the distance, the hills for him to climb


The start of his journey, now so hard to recall

But the memories in millions made wandering

Are echoed footfalls of steps in Kodachrome

And direction of each he is left pondering


For with each step, he surely chose his way

Made choices that would bear forever fruit

He wonders what man he would have been

If better choices had born a different route


He knows there is less road that lies ahead

Than the well-traveled miles that lie behind

But every step to where his life has led

Such a wonderous moment enshrined


And though old bones do bid their pause

The journey not completed, just yet

He lifts his heavy pack and pushes on

Eternally grateful for each and every step


18 Responses to “Each Step”
  1. “Eternally grateful for each and every step” – it’s an action I need to get better at doing. Instead of whining so much about all of the things going wrong with my body as I grow older, I need to change my mindset to being grateful for all of the things that aren’t (at least not yet!) wrong with my body. Thank you for inspiring me with your words! Love you!

  2. Jim Borden says:

    a wonderful ode to getting old! love the line “echoed footfalls of steps in Kodachrome”

  3. Very well concluded poem…a beautiful poem I must add…because it is wise for us all to be eternally grateful for each and every step we are allowed to take in this world.

  4. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a sweet piece full of gratitude for what we have experienced in our lives and what we have to be grateful for on each of those adventures. As I get older I pray I use that wisdom I have picked up to be more appreciate and grateful every single day. Great piece Brad. Hugs, Jonikens (notice I am spelling my sweet name different ways) Sending hugs Brad

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you, Joneekins! Much love to you!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        Haha I love the new spelling even better. Joneekins! I was all knees when I was little – so thin. My nickname in elementary school was Joni bologna stick of macaroni! I bet even as a young boy you would not have ever called a girl a hurtful name. Too much of a gentleman. Big hugs and love coming your way. Also sending a truck of fire wood for your fireplace so it is cozy while you write. ❤️🤗🦋 love Joneekins.

      • Brad Osborne says:

        Oh, I am sure in my youth I teased the young girls. How else to you get their attention? Thanks for all the love and support!

  5. kristianw84 says:

    There is always something yo be grateful for. I love your outlook!

  6. I absolutely love that last verse.

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