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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: Father
By Linda Watson Owen
03/20/05


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He never felt like a hero.
That word never crossed his lips.
He only knew he was walking
a path that was not his.

He followed the footsteps before him
that led him to duty and grace,
the duty to take care of others,
the grace to finish the race.

Those footsteps led him to dangers,
foes within and without.
He tasted the fire of anger,
the ice of fear and doubt.

Another had gone before him
now distanced by decades in time
but the footsteps remained to be followed,
tradition and faith refined.

Laying aside selfish notions
he pushed ahead step by step,
choosing to follow the pathway
of sacrifice, pride, and respect.

He stumbled at times and grew weary.
Temptation to stray sometimes won,
but the deeper call of the footprints
always brought him home.

Reaching the end of his journey
he looked into the face
of the one who had left behind footprints
to guide every step, every pace.

He never felt like a hero.
The thought never crossed his mind,
but now I walk in his footprints
where integrity's pathway I find.


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donna robinson03/22/05
I can't believe no one has commented on this great poem. There is no way I could have read this without commenting. It reminds you of the poem footsteps but with a more personal reader insight. The thoughts that went through my mind as I read this will give me pause to think for days. Thank you for a great read
Karen Deikun03/24/05
This poem was great. Surely it tells of a father worth following. In today's culture, we are not as constantly aware of the need to follow for the sake of others! This father realized that he was setting an example. He was truly a hero - even though he didn't think so. Nice thoughts.
Delores Baber03/24/05
Great poem! It honors a man's life, who has been an honorable example for his son to walk in his steps. If our children followed in our steps would that be good for them? Good example of a gifted writer.
Tania A04/04/05
Wonderful. It is comforting to know that there are leaders out there who inspire such eloquent words. Your poem made me want to be a worthy servant leaving footsteps for others to follow. Thank you!