Footprints
by Cristina Lopez

    You echo.
    On a line far off
    You echo
    About this thing you have
    That I want to have,
    But you’re crying with it.

    Somewhere back there
    You’re whispering
    About sleep
    That drowns out the loneliness,
    A peace
    That takes out the heartlessness.

    And when I heard you say it I thought --
    For a second
    I thought
    I felt what you meant:
    A murmur of recognition.

    I wanted to know.
    I wanted to tear my heart out for you.
    Pull my hair out for you.
    Break my teeth into jagged pieces
    Because mine is yours
    Since the day we cried into cocoa
    And I called you friend;
    Since plaids and pleats and small defeats.
    Since then I’ve remembered and recalled
    The many walks I took
    That scarcely brought me home.  
    Where are you going?
    What do you take with you?
    What burdens do you leave behind






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