The Walk

It only takes a step

forward to begin

down the path of peace.

You don’t need to sprint

or even walk fast but

you need to take the first step.

Plant your heel

firmly in front

and roll with trust and

hope to the ball of your foot

swing your arms lightly

in forgiveness

and understand that others

struggle too with fear

and pride and

past hurts that are not easily

shrugged off.

These weigh on the shoulders

like a cold wet vest

heavy and dank.

Let the momentum

of your step pull you forward

and feel the sun warm your face.

Breathe in


because the air is sweet

when you go first

because of


©Laurie Lynn Newman


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