So far there have been more pages turned than footsteps trodden in my life. This isn’t necessarily bad. Those pages and the words have fed into everything I am, everything I want to be, everything I want to do. They have set pins into maps for locations I can see and given me the chance to create for myself that which no longer exists. I could walk the world over and never find the moment when the Parthenon stood whole, or Stephen Sauvestre sat hunched over sketched out plans, or Henry De Audley first saw the finished Red Castle. However, I am not content with pages instead of footsteps, and it is time for my feet to catch up.


Time changes all things,

sweeping stone to sand and dust.

Witness what comes next.

012c7dca2ad1d4a3e4e65cee445bafcd7bffc29be1 A Haibun for DVersePoets. Thank you for the wonderful prompt and a fantastically interesting article.


  1. i hear you…i want the experiences…books have taught me much and taken me so many places in life…now i want to be there…to taste the places….to be witness, not just read their reports…


    1. Exactly. It’s something of a shame that a lot of the places I would love to have visited are now lost to the history books. I suppose I’ll just have to make the extra effort to appreciate the new also.


  2. Your choice of words is so incredibly poetic. The emotion behind them captivated me from the very first sentence.

    There always seems to be such a fine and delicate balance between reading/writing and doing. Too much of one takes away from the other. I suppose we all ride waves, ebbing and flowing between the two, hopefully keeping the peaks and valleys from oscillating out of control.

    I agree with you. I am not content with pages instead of footsteps. But, I am content with pages and footsteps. And as far as writing goes, I find that the footsteps often go a long way to creating memorable pages.

    Thanks for sharing and best wishes for an inspired day 😉


    1. Thank you very much for the comment, it’s so lovely to hear such a thought out response. Indeed, balancing the two is the important thing to do. They play into each other. You can go to a place and miss so much but having no knowledge about it, but on the flip side so much can be missed by only reading about a place. A reason why I’m doing my best to spend my summer making the most of my English Heritage Membership.


    1. The reasoning that has always made me want to travel. I’m focusing on appreciating the amazing historic and natural sites local to me at the moment but I’m hoping in a year or so to visit Venice. I adore it’s medieval and renaissance history. It’s ability for independence is beautiful and it is the setting for the first scene of Othello.


  3. What a haunting piece. I feel restless too – not necessarily for places, for I have been lucky in my travels through work and through the holidays I have been fortunate to have (although I would never say no to more travel!). My hunger is for people. I have been hibernating for too long.


  4. I also have read about more than I’ve done. But I prefer to keep it that way. I’ll take a couch, coffee, pajamas, and books to traveling, any day. May my eyesight be blessed, that I might continue reading unto my final and dying breath.


    1. Reading is still a huge part of my life, and hopefully will continue to be so. But words are always slanted by their writer and sometimes I just enjoy the simplicity of experiencing something for myself.


  5. it is def. exciting when we catch up – visit the places we read about and stand with our own feet in those historical places… there are so many places i still want to see – and thankful for those i’ve seen already


    1. I’ve taken to hunting out the places I’ve somehow missed locally. I’ve spent a lovely day or two so far checking out old ruins of castles and abbeys, all practically on my front door.


  6. My feet are important too – how I would love to retrace history, hear feel the footfalls of all that was, learn from it.
    Sadly, we seldom learn from history, repeat the same mistakes – I worry for us.
    Anna :o]


    1. I’ve found worry for ‘us’ takes too much time and energy, instead I try to worry for ‘me’ and what I will pass onto my children [if and when I have them.]
      Until such a time I’m going to do my best to enjoy the words within reach, the pathways at my feet and try to help where I can.


  7. I’m with you on this. I’ll travel as long as I can. Changes your perspective, opens minds, displays wonders. I’m never without a book as well, but feet on the soil.. oh yes..


  8. Like Anne (Sexton) I have not the wanderlust bug. I too much a Hobbit and not the Baggin’s variety. But, you’ve very well made me feel your desire to go, to experience, to live… and your haiku – perfect


  9. I agree with Dave that a balance of both is the ideal, one informing the other. I feel about this as I do about the books vs. e-reader debate–they both have their place. I love to travel and I also love to read and to read about places I travel and about those I’ll never reach.

    One of your points reminds me of when our older daughter was young and said she wanted to visit ancient Egypt. I had to explain to her that the “ancient” part made that impossible, but we always enjoyed that part of the museum!



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