Two Sets of Footprints by Michael Keating and Colleen Keating

TWO SETS OF FOOTPRINTS

by Michael and Colleen on autumn  beach walk

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CK            on the horizon
shelf of thick cloud
dawn lingers

MK            edge of the ocean
elements in balance
cone of awareness

CK                autumnal sun
catches the wet sand
our mirrored world

MK             gulls saunter
pattern the sand
we ease past

CK            olive-green seagrass
buzzes with insects
fresh from the ocean

MK             warm touch of sun
gossamer seaweed
dart of swallows

CK               the blue-grey heron
forages alone
we curve around

MK              photographers in position
board riders at play
wait for the moment

CK              near the headland
hang gliders colour the sky
autumnal breeze

MK            step through this autumn morning
extras on stage
accept our transience

CK               with incoming tide
two sets of footprints
are gone

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no footprint

 

 

 

catching time

It was a special weekend at a resort for our sisters’s birthday. We took a walk on the beach and as you will hear, dear reader, there are disadvantages about getting older when walking on a beach, but what a special moment we experienced. This epiphany may not have been had if we were rushing by.

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catching time

its not so easy now
to walk on sand
my sister and I amble
aware of the strength of the breeze
that it might be a little easier walking back
aware of the challenging tilt
caught already by a wave
unable to get out of its way in time

we reminisce
how we ran and frolicked in the surf
how we chased each other
caught and plunged sand
down each others bathers

we stop
catch our breath

on the grassy bank
a heron grey and sleek
with devouring eyes
stalks stealthily
its long neck
rippling
like dune grass in the breeze
and peewees
giggling maids-in-waiting
follow behind

just for now
time stands still