Heel to Toe
by Pat Seman
Give me a pair of shoes, laced,
firm round the ankle.

Give me grace
and a strong walking stick,

so I can put one foot down
after the other,

heel to toe, heel to toe
without faltering.

Give me a stone,
red as the earth it came from,

veined with fire, jagged, rough,

small enough to clasp
in my hand.

And a shell,
light in my pocket,
its perfect symmetry
twisting down
to the hidden chamber
to the sounds
and silence
of the sea.