Literary Hook: ‘Footprints’: Poem explores what it means to be alive

Christine Swanberg
Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet


Imagine leaving footprints behind when you go

Footprints which carry the essence of

Your full and satisfying life

Tales of your journeys

Wars that you fought and mountains you climbed

Imagine someone wanting to walk

In those footprints after you

Absorbing the pulse of your essence

Traveling your same roads

Willing to walk your walk, climb your mountains

Would your footprints carry them on

As they carried you

To leave their own essence in the prints

Carrying the life of the living

On to the next generation of someone

Someone who follows you

Wants to complete themselves

Who may even decide

To leave new, more fulfilling footprints

For others to follow

Cleo Johnson has been retired for 10 years and is enjoying recording ideas and feelings that have occurred to her over her lifetime. She believes that no two people are alike, but, it seems, all people are alike in the core, in the essence of what it means to be alive and can live interesting lives.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

Posted March 25, 2014

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