Footprints


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Step lightly
To do as little harm
As we step forward
In a world teeming with life

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Time and the forces of nature
May erase some of our former steps
But there are more than 7 billion of us

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Ever stepping forward
Ever the desire
Ever the need for more

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Our footprints become heavier
As we mar the ground beneath our feet
Ever harming more living things
Those that are not us

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The steps of the past are still there
If we look behind

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It is to our next steps
To our children, and to theirs’
To learn
To teach

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To step lightly
And do as little harm
In a world teeming with life
For it shouldn’t be only about us

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8 thoughts on “Footprints

  1. Wow man that is one of the best posts on the topic that I have seen for a long time. Absolutely brilliant. Thanks for the year, I have enjoyed your blog. Happy Christmas, John (Suchled)

  2. Reblogged this on SUSANNE LEIST and commented:

    FOOTPRINTS
    IMAGE | DECEMBER 14, 2015 | ANTILANDSCAPER
    3 Votes

    DSC04648

    Step lightly
    To do as little harm
    As we step forward
    In a world teeming with life
    DSC04690

    Time and the forces of nature
    May erase some of our former steps
    But there are more than 7 billion of us

    DSC07990
    Ever stepping forward
    Ever the desire
    Ever the need for more
    DSC07988c

    Our footprints become heavier
    As we mar the ground beneath our feet
    Ever harming more living things
    Those that are not us
    DSC01632-2

    The steps of the past are still there
    If we look behind

    DSC01565ab
    It is to our next steps
    To our children, and to theirs’
    To learn
    To teach

    P1030182
    To step lightly
    And do as little harm
    In a world teeming with life
    For it shouldn’t be only about us
    P8250138

  3. I was a preschool teacher many, many years ago.
    One day, we were all outside sitting near a tree…and I was reading a children’s book.
    Suddenly, a little boy said: “Teacher! Do you know if we are hurting the grass?”
    What?”
    “When we sit on the grass, does it make the grass cry?”
    I had to think about that for a minute. What an interesting question!
    Even though I didn’t have all the answers, I did my best everyday to teach the children to be kind to the world around them.
    http://storieswithnobooks.com/2012/05/18/tolerance/

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