Richard G. Hagen
One Foot, Then the Other
First steps lead where? To Mom?
Toward the known? Or away?
How many steps did you take your first time?
How many travels began?
When did you first even think of steps?
When you first walked off toward school?
When you stepped into your first embrace?
When you first walked away from a grave?
When did you learn to walk side by side?
When will you rest, and when will you stop?
Will you find a new home, or return?
Where do you carry your hope and your pain?
When will remembrance allow you, in time,
into your father’s arms?