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Steps - A Poem (To Chris)

Updated on March 23, 2014
The author's nephew as an infant.
The author's nephew as an infant. | Source
My nephew at just over a year old, wearing my school gym uniform.
My nephew at just over a year old, wearing my school gym uniform. | Source
All  three of my nephews, who have long since graduated.  My how the time does fly.
All three of my nephews, who have long since graduated. My how the time does fly. | Source

STEPS

With every step

I’m reminded of tiny feet

stretched upward in the crib

and the gurgling laughter

when excited eyes first caught

them.


With every step you take

I see the little feet

that stepped high into the air

to stretch past the sidewalk cracks

during lazy afternoon walks.


With every step you take up

I remember the other big steps

of T-ball, and starting school,

First Holy Communion,

and your first dance.


With every step you take up those stairs

and toward that rolled diploma

I realize

your steps must continue,


And wish that we could take

a few

steps

back.

Graduation Day (1996).
Graduation Day (1996). | Source

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    • Donna Kay Bryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Kay Bryan 

      4 years ago

      Too fast and too quick, Jodah. Thank you for your kind words.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful words Donna. Time goes fast and our children grow up quick. Nice tribute.

    • Donna Kay Bryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Kay Bryan 

      4 years ago

      If only Bill, if only. And thank you for stopping by. I'm trying to get control of some things in my life, and start having some time to write -- or at the very least revisit some old writings. I feel like I am behind in so many things. I'm hoping to change that during spring break! Thanks for commenting!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lovely words, Donna! Wouldn't it be lovely to roll back the hands of time?

    • Donna Kay Bryan profile imageAUTHOR

      Donna Kay Bryan 

      4 years ago

      Yes they are, Jamie. Thank you for stopping by. Donna

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      These are the memories that stick with us for our lives. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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