Charles Dickens
A shore, but clear,
crystal observed in both air
and wrapping waves
lapping upon the empty beach.

But, there below, footsteps, leading 
away, and I'm awarded to trace 
them from origin to destination 
and have that journey enfolded.

And each turn burnt,
And I catch their scars,
And each stride struck
And I note bruises sore.

And as I follow those padding
prints I am still awarded more
by the choice I chose to follow on or
to turn back to my own choices ahead.

And because of that route I endured 
and the knowledge assured provides 
a mapped path around the scarring
and bruising designed for me.

Charles Dickens, English author and critic, died today in 1870.

Les Paul, American guitarist, songwriter and luthier, was born today in 1915.

EmpathyLab’s annual Empathy Day is observed today.

Rating: 1 out of 5.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. eob2 says:

    Can you please explain the rating at the end? Confused 🤷‍♀️ however I do like the path of your words 😊

    1. Do you mean the stars at the bottom?

      1. eob2 says:


      2. Ah! I was experimenting with the wordpress block editor. I thought that this would allow reader to rate the poem. Alas, no. This is for use on review pages to allow writers to star rate the item or place they are reviewing in their blog post.

        Never mind…

      3. eob2 says:

        Okay never the less I very much enjoy reading your poems. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

      4. Thanks!

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