Footprints in the Sand

They walk towards the river
she pulls her cardigan
as she feels the cool river breeze
gently blow in her hair
two sets of footprints follow them
he holds her closer
with promises and dreams
she feels safe to have him
to get her through the chilly night

She writes their names in the sand
engraving them
with hopes and aspirations of their lives
she slows down
to dip her hand in the winter river
she flushes the water on her face

chill runs down her spine
panic seizes her
she turn back
only one set of footprints in the sand
follow her
the sudden change in the breeze
gives new unknown strength to
the waves
sets in washing his name away
little by little, end by end
till only her name remains

She waits and stern her eyes
looking as far
something doesn’t feel right
truth sets in as she walks
towards a small dot on the dark plain
he is walking away
he disappears from her sight
blending with the landscape
clouds appear
casting her world into darkness
she looks up into the once bright night sky
there is not a single star to take her
to him

One thought on “Footprints in the Sand

  1. This poem has left footprints in my heart… it speaks a lot about the shattered hopes and dreams of the lonely girl… Well written….

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