You could say I knew him by
his way of leaning into the path.
He saw the ruts
and chose to step into them.
Never complained about mud,
a fallen tree, or war left in his path.
And I watched, following his courage,
never really knowing him at all.
Antoni Ooto is a poet and flash fiction writer and has been a frequent contributor to Palettes and Quills, An Upstate of Mind, Amethyst Review, Front Porch Review, Young Ravens Literary Review, and Ink Sweat & Tears. He lives and works in upstate New York with his wife writer/storyteller Judy DeCroce.