Taking Steps

Taking Steps

A Poem by Mylifeinheartbeats

I guess this is a life lesson.

They say taking steps is easy; one foot in front of the other

like when you were in grade school with single file lines

or before that when mom and dad coaxed you across the room

your first steps shaky like a wispy tree in the wind

or like the breaths you now take before you kiss someone

You were shaky and those steps were hard

one foot in front of the other didn’t make sense

single file lines were as difficult to you as

the classes you now take, Algebra clouding your head

until taking steps became the daily

like two plus two was invariably four, you walked your straight lines

you stayed in your single file

and slowly you lost count of how many steps you had taken

whether forward or backward, in the right or wrong direction

you just kind of stopped paying attention, 

like taking steps is easy and should be taken for granted

just moving your feet with no regard to where they landed

for some of us, the cracks in the sidewalk are enough to stop us

we pull back our foot before it drops 

and suddenly taking steps is hard if you imagine how many cracks there are

not just in your sidewalk but in the world

and maybe you can ignore some that are small

but there are craters in the ground where you thought you could step only yesterday

and when obstacles come to play they’re there to stay 

until you can step over them

braving your cracks and learning how to walk again

you’ll wobble like a willow branch when the day is breezy

and you’ll remember that taking a step is never easy.

© 2013 Mylifeinheartbeats

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I absolutely love this. Could easily be part of inspirational speech or commencement address. Great work!!!

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