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Footprints

Footprints leaving the concrete path

are clearly outlined in the snow leading to

a lone figure sitting in isolation

surrounded by cloistered souls of those departed.

Between concrete monuments reaching skyward,

he is approaching the rich black earthen mound

rising in stark contrast to the pure white layer of

yesterday’s snow on the ground all around.

Falling to his knees and begging the heavens

for her return; grief is pouring from

from his eyes to the ground,

a teen son’s love for his mother lost.

Only yesterday here was a gaping hole in the

ground where her coffin topped with a lavish splay

of flowers freezing in the frigid temperatures

was perched above it.

Wondering if you are finally

at peace from the painful world and if your

earthen blanket protects

and comforts you, he feels so deserving

of your peace and company. With a deft

cut, he eases the pain and purges his grief.

Red drops of fresh blood dripping from the

tips of his fingers are dramatic contrast

in the shoe prints leading to a new cold

corpse at the edge of the concrete path.

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14 thoughts on “Footprints

  1. The challenge in grief is the question, “shall I go with you?” Some do, in various ways. Sharp and clear as a freezing graveyard day.

  2. This was sad… evoked emotions aplenty, my dear…
    Each word read formed an image in my mind, making it all the more sad…

    Very beautifully written though!!
    I hope the mother and son find peace in their new abode… (sigh)

  3. Heartwrenching. Absolutely heartwrenching. Made all the moreso potent with the vividness of image and emotion described. I can see the place, form a picture of the man and the liquid flow of thoughts that would progress…I can visualize the steps leading to the end. And that is at once both splendid and utterly crushing.

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