Trailing Behind

Those footsteps ahead

 are now footsteps behind

 

The past but a memory

 the future declines

 

My cadence is slowing

 my direction unclear

 

When frozen in place

 on the wind I can hear

 

Quiet footsteps ahead

 louder footsteps behind

 

Their sound fast approaching

 to reclaim and remind

 

The years stay unpromised

 except for the end

 

Each step left unwalked

 trailing closer—portends

 

(Villanova Pennsylvania: February, 2019)

 

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