Steve Cotterell

Footprints in the Sand

About me

Friend, let me take you by the hand

And walk with you through this rich land.

For there are things that you must see,

Like footprints in the sand.


See these relics from Egypt's past

Slumbering in the desert, vast

Pyramids of the ancient Kings

Are footprints in the sand.


Carnage along Dunkirk's bare beach

Where now forgotten bones lie bleach.

They made the greatest sacrifice

And footprints in the sand.


Human life has a minute span

And the mightiest deeds of man,

In time's swift flight, will count no more

Than footprints in the sand.


The hot desert wind no time heeds.

The tide recedes, returns, recedes.

So, my friend, what importance now

Your footprints in the sand.

© Steve Cotterell 1995

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