Feb 9, 2021

leave only footprints

no one to be seen 

and no one to see me 

this valley farmland goes on and on 


the sun at noon 

crops growing in the warm light 

as far as the eye can see


was I a man 

did I lift the fruit up to heaven 

like a treasure to be offered 

did i do more good than harm

am i forgiven for that harm i did cause

shall i forgive myself

was i a man 

did i connect the earth to the sky 

with the length of my body 

and leave only footprints 

that fade with the rains

did I nourish 




did i learn how to truly receive 

was i a man 


and at the end i can face myself 

without shame


You're not to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who does it or says it.

-El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, aka Malcolm X

A genius is the one most like himself.

-Thelonious Monk

My soul is an empty carousel at sunset.

-Pablo Neruda

Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway/Where Is The Love

some poetry links:

Medusa'a Kitchen, new poems everyday

Via Negativa, poetry everyday

The excellent website of poet/translator Davis Hinton

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