"Moel Siabod," by Sidney Richard Percy, 1867.‘Camino D’Oro’ (A Villanelle) by Robert Walton The Society June 11, 2016 Beauty, Poetry 2 Comments Our paths vanish; our footsteps fade From forest glades, from wave-damp sands From sunlight’s dazzle and twilight’s shade. Babes and toddlers, not yet afraid, We reach and roll and often stumble From sunlight’s dazzle to twilight’s shade. In youth we lie ‘neath moonlight’s blade, Cut by love; like kisses stolen, Our paths vanish; our footsteps fade. Mothers, fathers, we make the trade – Our days, our tears, our blood for children – From sunlight’s dazzle to twilight’s shade. At waves’ last reach, a foamy braid, Elders converse, words a murmur – Our paths vanish; our footsteps fade Fingers stiffen; our hands grow cold; Voices soften from steel to gold. Our paths vanish; our footsteps fade From sunlight’s dazzle to twilight’s shade. Robert Walton is an experienced writer. His Civil War novel Dawn Drums was honored by two awards: first place in the 2014 Arizona Authors Association’s literary contest and the New Mexico Book Awards Tony Hillerman Prize for best fiction. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 2 Responses RLB Hartmann June 27, 2016 Saw your story on Frontier Tales and followed you here. Excellent poem, nice graphic. Reply Robert Walton July 16, 2016 Thanks both for visiting and commenting! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.