Small Steps

Small Steps – Having grandchildren has given my life new meaning and also time for reflection. I look into my granddaughter’s eyes and see my life everlasting down through the ages. It makes me realize that through my children and my grandchildren in some small way really makes my life, my dreams, and everything that I had hoped for in my brief life forever possible with the children I will leave behind. Letting that sink in for a moment – I ponder the meaning of life. Through my children and grandchildren in reality, I have become in the most spiritual way – immortal or so I want to believe. I am not sure about you and yours, but when I watch the little ones in my life as they gather their bumps and bruises as they encounter life from the beginning I see my grandparents, my folks, myself and my children in each and every step along the way. Of course each generation that carries my torch and the torch of my ancestors that have gone before me – begins in the smallest way. It all starts anew with each new generation of what I was and those of my children and grandchildren with small steps.


“Small Steps”
Whoever you were or have been,
Small steps is how it all begins.

Innocent beauty of the young unsurpassed,
Starting life’s journey, the first step’s to the last.

Road not yet travelled, faith one has to learn,
Life’s valleys to the peaks you have to return.

Happiness and sadness are down that road,
Your journey, your story, your tale yet to be told.

But, in the beginning with life bright and new,
Every step, every stride, makes you, well you!

By Kurt James




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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Kurt’s family roots were from western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years, Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographers through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. The Denver Post, PM Magazine, and 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado featured his poetry. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour, and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 16 books all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand, Kurt James novels, short stories, reference books, and poetry, are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt has 3 books that he is currently writing. The 8th book in his Rocky Mountain Series - Raphael Eye for an Eye. His third ghost town reference book, Kansas Ghost Towns, Hauntings, Treasure Tales, and Other BS. And a western/horror novel - Devil’s Tower Spirit of Chiha Tanka. Kurt is a proud member of Western Writers of America.

10 thoughts on “Small Steps

  • November 19, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Very well said my grand children are my pride and joy. They have made my life better in so many ways. I really enjoy reading all that pops up on my page you are truly gifted when it comes to words… (Diane).

    • November 19, 2017 at 4:11 PM

      Thank you Diane for reading the words I write – just knowing you see some small value in them some how makes it all worth while.

    • November 19, 2017 at 5:49 PM

      Thank you Phyllis – and yes we have both been blessed – the difference for some folks they never realize it.

  • November 19, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Yes, all that and more Kurt, those little children carry on the bloodline, little pieces of us into eternity. A lovely write my friend and who couldn’t love that little smiling face. Beautiful.

    • November 20, 2017 at 3:16 AM

      Thanks Tony – Those two above make me smile from ear to ear each and every time I see them… they are my joy for sure.

    • November 20, 2017 at 6:02 PM

      Thank you Rasma for stopping by. Not sure what I would do without mine grandkids in my life now.

  • November 22, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Honesty?!? This is one of my favorite ones from you Kurt. Hope I live long enough to see my grandkids. My kids are still young so hopefully I have a ways to go before that happens. This was such a nice pome Kurt. Well done.

    • November 22, 2017 at 6:38 PM

      Thank you Paul for the nice compliment and I am glad you enjoyed this piece. Grandkids in my mind are even more special. In my case I am not as rushed in life as a grandpa as I was in life as a father… In time you will understand that…lol..

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