The Great Unknown

22 Mar

We’ve all stumbled upon traces of those who’ve come before us—in photographs, letters, artifacts. Such things leave us with proof that someone else has passed this way, but they rarely explain who and why and what those moments were made of. This week’s featured poem, “Footprints,” beautifully embraces those ruminations and the reality that we can only find the answers sometimes.


I am curious about the footprints
They make me think—
Whose are those?
Who was riding the bike?
Was it a woman?
A man? A child?
The little pond reflects the Earth’s
Living things and living creatures,
Its trees and plants.
I wonder what kind
Of car it was? A truck?
A minivan?
I guess I will never know.

Brenda, fourth grade, Hillcrest Elementary

Click here to see the M. C. Escher image that inspired Brenda’s poem.

Photo courtesy of Lanie Anderson.


One Response to “The Great Unknown”

  1. Jennifer Cowan March 22, 2010 at 2:11 pm #


    Your poem is absolutely beautiful. I am so proud of all of your hard work in both Badgerdog and in our writing class. You are a wonderful example to everyone else. Great job!

    Ms. Cowan

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