Stepping Out

Have you ever stepped out
on that wide first step,
the landing,
the top one,
looked down like
you were on a ledge and said,
“That’s a long, steep way.
Better hold the railing”?

That’s called getting old.

We used to slide down the stairs,
butts bumping against the edges,
turning carpet into a slide,

Remember that?
It wasn’t long ago.

But now,
we call that a fall.

Too bad.


Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has focused on content development and content marketing. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored five books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water and Bury Me Under a Lilac. She has been nominated twice for Poet Laureate of Prince William County, VA.

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