Did you know I was walking behind you?
I matched my footprints to yours
heel to heel
toe to toe
We both had the same wide foot
with a little curve on the instep
and a high arch
It took great concentration
to match our steps
Did you know I was so dedicated?
I was watching the steps so closely
matching every little line
I did not realize or understand
when your steps changed.
the curve of claw
the thrust of bone
the thread of blood
I stepped out quietly and put my shoes back on
I do not think you ever knew I followed.