Walk in Beauty To walk the blood means sensing all the things that might have been, but aren’t; gripping Earth beneath you like the roots that clutch the dirt below the trees; drinking time from streams that leave you with a thirst. To walk the line means looking where your steps might lead next time; it means that everything can swivel on a single touch; it means to measure every word to fit the depth to which they’ll sink; to think. To walk in light means knowing where the sun comes from; feeling that invisible sphericity concealed by the dull horizon, and to wait, as dark becomes opaque, for miracles. To walk in beauty means to carry on, taking joy in giving life away; to welcome night when night succeeds the day; to let the stars remain where they belong and love them anyway.
Timothy Sandefur is an attorney practicing law in Phoenix, and also the author of several books including biographies of Frederick Douglass and Jacob Bronowski, as well as on various legal subjects. His first book of poems, Some Notes on the Silence, will be published this spring by Kelsay Books.