I want to be like her.

I want to make an impact

in big and small ways,

at every stage.

I want to be like her.

She walks and

cleans the walkway

of debris that nature

has deposited.

I’ve seen her twice in 3 days time.

Stick in hand, scooting off

a stick or leaf through the cracks –

wearing red lipstick –

all the yeses.

The way things naturally go –

the way things naturally

follow entropy – doesn’t deter her.

I want to be like her.

I want to challenge entropy in my own way –

just because things have always been that way –

will not deter me from stepping into what needs to be said

or stop me from taking action.

Today on my walk on this walkway –

I passed a pinecone sitting in the middle of the path.

I went out of my way to pick it up and

make a clear path for others.

I now realize that my action was solely because

of the small, steady work I had witnessed.

In her own way, she makes an impact,

she rocks red lipstick and leads the way.

I want to be like her –

at every age, at every stage.