Concrete moves under

Purpose laden steps

Leaving cracks

Like bread crumbs


I take solace in the earth

Gently breaking under foot

Inviting new life to



Nature is welcoming

But birds leave me be

Staying busy with the

Bread crumbs of others


Imperishable footprints

Reap beauty or tragedy

Depending upon the stride

In one’s step




Biographical Note for Raquel Johnson


Raquel R. Johnson currently attends Saint Mary’s College of California where she is pursuing a B.S. in Business Administration. She began reading and writing poetry at the age of nine, and won first place in the River of Words Contest at the age of ten. She draws inspiration from her favorite poets, which include Rainer Marie Rilke, Rumi, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, E.E. Cummings, and Mary Oliver. Raquel would like to publish a collection of her poetry someday, but for now she merely hopes to inspire others through her written word.