The First Step

I used to go to work every morning by nine

Packed lunch in my rucksack

Mobile in my pocket

Both there to keep me connected.

After my daily journey

Up and down the same road

I would wonder about the challenges of life

About chances not taken

Paths not walked

And contemplate where I was headed.

I followed by heart

I forgot my head

I lost my curiosity

Left behind all my security

Followed a dream

Listened to a quiet whisper

Took the first step

Out of the boat

And walked on the water.


Written for Poetry Jam

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12 Responses to The First Step

  1. Mary says:

    Ah, this has definitely been quite a year for you! It is never too late to make a change…..I am glad you realized that, didn’t stay stuck in your former path, and are working toward your new goal. I like the last stanza especially…about leaving the boat and walking on water!

  2. peggygoetz says:

    I like this Alan. Good description of one of those turning points in life. I know you have moved in the past year or so–did this start you on a new path as well? I like the image of you walking on water!

  3. Gabriella says:

    Alan, this is my favorite of yours. I like the idea of listening ‘ to a quiet whisper’ and how you used biblical imagery to talk about yourself.

  4. Sumana Roy says:

    that’s so much courageous and inspiring Alan…it’s good to surprise ourselves at one bend of our life and move on…and definitely only heart to follow….love the close…

  5. Alan,

    i really enjoyed reading this poem, as reminded me of the change of direction we took as a family, when leaving our previous home, schools, friends and employments, to move from Northern Ireland, to England;an unknown step, which required bravery, just like your decision Alan. An excellent poem for the prompt..


  6. Ramya Rao says:

    Alan, I loved the poem! Simple,elegant and powerful! It is kind of what I am going through right now….

  7. Ron. says:

    Great close. I’m also a commute composer.

  8. Such a cute poem it is.. Loved it totally..!!!

  9. Gillena Cox says:

    stepping out into new ventures takes a lot of strength

    much love…

  10. Listening to light whispers is key to happiness, words beautifully knitted in poem. Loved it 🙂

  11. Wow! Wonderful! How I wish we could all let go of things that really dont matter and take that first step to follow our dreams!

  12. jammy7000 says:

    Oh, Alan! What a wonderful last line! Your poem describes so well a similar decision I took a couple of years ago and which changed my life for the better!

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