“What does that remind you of?” asked one woman to her friend. “Yes, I know, “ answered the other. “Footsteps.”
Just then another woman walked in, and was asked, “What does it remind you of?” “Footsteps,” she answered.
I talked with the ladies a while and explained that the piece is a photo I took in the Himalaya Mountain region of Kashmir. I was coming down from a trek late in the afternoon and as my car with driver passed this fellow, I turned around, leaned out the window and snapped his picture. It had been a remarkable day and this moment was part of it.
I sold a print of the original to one of the ladies and learned that “Footsteps” is a poem, formally called Footsteps In The Sand, without a known author. I read it years ago but had forgot. Here is this poignant verse: