Footprints of the Soul


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Thoughts accumulated while drivng from Louisiana to Wyoming a bunch of times..

Footprints of the Soul

Jan 26 04'

In the Badlands of New Mexico

west of Mt. Dora in the Capulin Range

there are canyons and caves

too desolate for most

but maybe, like me

some cowboy or sheepherder

has discovered their ghosts

and like me

thrives in the sheen

of the desolation and freedom

of a land intellectually clean

a forgotten microcode of the planet

holding few footprints of today

the wind carries the voices

of the souls of the past

the murmurings of

the ancients

the lone voice of the Grey Wolf

the Buffalo

I hear their whispers

brushing over the high plains grass

sometimes they call to me

to be cradled in the caves

to become one of the soulful sounds

a part of the lonesome wind

that blows in at midnight

tugging at me to find the peace

to merge my soul with theirs

and when morning comes within their caves

I awake. having weathered the night

with stronger footprints behind me

than there were before

I carry forward with their souls inside

perhaps a Chief

a Medicine Man

an elder

respecting the innocent wisdom

of the children

the despair of the child-men

giving credence to emotions

the way the ancients did

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winterkou commented on Footprints of the Soul


You really take the reader on a journey with this passionate write. Your passion and gift for writing shine in this piece.

Teardrops commented on Footprints of the Soul


You have walked with the spirits of the time . I love this poem you are truly a poet with great talent thanks for a great read Marie

FranzJ commented on Footprints of the Soul


it seems that ranck work connected you to the past- in my opnion a past that should still be in place -



Thanks. It is still in place.. Driven past Pumpkin Center a bunch. Train64

RAYTHEONSKY commented on Footprints of the Soul


Amazing...2nd time this morning I felt my skin shiver from reading a poem. I felt as if I was there with you, my friend.



RAYTHEONSKY: Thank you for the kind words..I've enjoyed reading yours. Very well written and deeper than mine.. I have trouble really digging deep within...I'm re-reading yours for further comment. I also enjoyed your photos. Especially the middle one..keep writing..Train64

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