i have been running
and running
and wanting to pause
while asking myself,
shall i stop?

shall i stop
and wait
and listen
for another’s footfalls
on the floor?

they might tell me,
i am here
i am here

but the footfalls
of another
would never suffice

only my feet
can lift me
can move me
can shift me
from here
to there
to here again

only my feet…
from that
to this

one footfall
and another
one breath
and the next

one touch
one sanctuary

and here
i rest