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Old Footsteps by Carmina Gitana
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Old Footsteps

By Carmina Gitana

I trace old footsteps in the dark
and fill them in with sidewalk chalk.
And if the morning rain washes them away
I'll do it all again the next night.

I find old flowers pressed between
the pages of old notebooks.
They crumble blindly at my touch
but the perfume of their final breaths
still lays upon the pages.

I scatter seeds behind me
so I might later find my way.
But if the birds get to them first,
I'll still find a trail
by the ghosts of trees that might have been

I keep a box full of old maps.
The roads have all got different names now.
But a road is a road is a road is a road,
and they all must go somewhere.

I trace old footsteps in the dark,
I turn the stained and scented pages,
I seek shade from a tree that never was
and make my way to where we'll meet.

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© 2008 Carmina Gitana
Published on Saturday, October 18, 2008.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • Believer On Sunday, April 26, 2009, Believer (57)By person wrote:

    indeed. i very much enjoyed this. and i apologize for the simplicity of this comment but you must excuse me cuz it's 2 am >

  • A former member wrote: I enjoyed the way everything was laid out and it all came together in the end. A positive overtone, after all is said and done. +tpu +

  • Stranger On Monday, October 20, 2008, Stranger (283)By person wrote:

    I truly love all of your writing. But this one stands out; really stands out. The phenomenal writing aside, this obviously sprang forth from a deep a real place. That is both philosophically insightful and emotionally honest. Now back to the phenomenal writing... "by the ghosts of trees that might have been" What can I say... One does not see a turn of phrase like that every day.

  • TropicalSnowstorm On Sunday, October 19, 2008, TropicalSnowstorm (1065)By person wrote:

    Wonderful exploration of the 'might have beens' - I especially loved the third stanza. "But if the birds get to them first, I'll still find a trail by the ghosts of trees that might have been".

  • Leith Plunkett On Sunday, October 19, 2008, Leith Plunkett (271)By person wrote:

    (They crumble blindly at my touch but the perfume of their final breaths still lays upon the pages). This is especially beautiful, really played on my mind. Lovely piece

  • Alanarchy On Saturday, October 18, 2008, Alanarchy (1208)By person wrote:

    "I scatter seeds behind me" I love that whole measure. So beautiful. Great finish. Write on.


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