Poetry Thursday: Focus

christina katz quote illustrated by alissa walker

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One foot
in front of
the other.

This is how everything moves
from one place
to the next.

From chaos to clarity.
From fear to love. (And back. And back.)
From nothing to something. (And back. And back.)
From empty to full,
from birth to death,
from blank to fin,
from impossible to done.

And the doubt
that pools around you
as you pause
to catch your breath

And the voices
that whisper
of hazards ahead

And the fear
that seems to color
the air
a sickly shade of gray

All vanish
when you focus
on putting
one foot,
in front of the other.

xxx
c

Image inside the frame by Alissa Walker, from a photograph she took on one of the many trips she’s taken doing just that. You can get it in a luxurious, desktop-sized image of inspiration with a $15 contribution to the 50-for-50 project on IndieGoGo, through September 13, 2011.

3 comments

  1. I’ve been telling myself this same thing a lot this week. Seems like there’s a bazillion things all scrambling for my attention at once, all of them wanting to keep me from writing. But I gotta get shit done, so I just keep walking.

    “How do you get so much done?”
    “One thing at a time.”

  2. Not only are you doing the most amazing thing ever done by an almost-50-year-old, you managed to hear the thoughts inside my head every time I step outside for a walk or settle down in front of a blank computer screen. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO!

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