Footprints on the Moon

Tonight, I told him about footprints on the moon,
and how- no matter how long ago they were left there,
they never disappear.

He said, “So they are there forever?”

And I could see,
in his little boy blue eyes,
the possibilities open up.
I saw within him the need to go, to explore
and to leave an indelible mark on the world
(or just outside the world).

And I felt a pull,
stronger than the pull the moon has over the ocean,
to ask him to stay.
I wanted to tell him that he has already left a mark,
a footprint,
and I will always be able to hold it up and say-
Here. You were right here.
Forever.

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