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The Walk of Life

Two steps forward, one step backwards

By Colleen Millsteed Published 3 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - November 2023
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Agonising pain,



Depth of depression.


Joy of anticipation,

Laughter from the belly,



The preciousness of touch.


Heart-swelling love,

Tears of joy,

The gift of giving,


Sexual attraction.


Love at first sight,

The bond of parenthood,



Sibling love.


Death of a loved one,

Sobbing anguish,

Tightness in the chest,

Overwhelming desperation,

Giving up.


Pride of achievement,

A job well done,

Stranger connection,

Group support,



Simplistic empathy,

Power of touch,

Supportive hug,

Listening ear,

Soothing words.


Awe of Mother Nature,

Beauty appreciation,

Creative outcomes,

Gracefully aging,

Letting go.





Sensory perception,

The love of life.

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About the Creator

Colleen Millsteed

My first love is poetry — it’s like a desperate need to write, to free up space in my mind, to escape the constant noise in my head. Most of the time the poems write themselves — I’m just the conduit holding the metaphorical pen.

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  • Natasha Collazo3 months ago


  • Margaret Brennan3 months ago

    love this. every emotion captured. congratulations on TS.

  • Daphsam3 months ago

    Very dramatic and realistic! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Naveed 3 months ago

    Well done!!! Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Grz Colm3 months ago

    Excellent work Colleen. Sometimes it feels like a step back but we are actually stronger over time without realising it (I think) which the latter part of your poem seems to suggest. Congrats on your Poem and top story! 😊👏🎉🎉

  • This is the circle of life! Loved the concept you used here! Such a wonderful poem! Congratulations on your Top Story my friend!

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    Congrats on the TS,.my friend

  • Andrew C McDonald3 months ago

    A gorgeous walk through of the gamut of human emotion. These are the building blocks of family, society and humanity. Very nicely done.

  • KJ Aartila3 months ago

    Nice! A beautiful job of putting words to emotions!

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    That about sums it up for a lot of us. Well done, my friend.

  • That's one step back, three steps forward, one step back, four steps forward. You're doing even better than you thought, Colleen!

  • JBaz3 months ago

    Very beautiful

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Fabulous!!! Superbly written!!! Love it!!!

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