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


8 Responses to “Each Step”
  1. beth says:

    clearly this gratitude continues in spite of all the challenges along the way

  2. kristianw84 says:

    I could read one of your poems a thousand times, and each time notice something different. It’s how I know you are exceptional, my favorite poet. This time, “echoed footfalls of steps in kodachrome” really struck me. Man, that is such a good line. It speaks volumes. It makes me wish I had thought of it (another sign of your creative genius)! You inspire me to write! You inspire and move me like no other! Really, really well done. I love how the grateful outlook weaves throughout the poem. The road ahead might be shorter than the road behind, but I hope the road ahead still holds the old man’s best days!

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you for your kind words and thoughts. I appreciate all the love and support. The trickiest part with one great line is making sure the lines before or after do not drag it down.

  3. petespringerauthor says:

    Always moving forward and learning from past experiences.

  4. yassy says:

    Love your poetry , Brad.

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