The Footprint

Before the footstep there was the endless steppe, blank and open. We were left on our own, standing in groups, standing alone.

Then someone who was bigger than we were came and took a step. Their steps made an arc across our world.

With the footstep came the footprint. While the step was a temporary motion, the print lasted. It lasted in our yards and in our heads. The print gave us a point to rally, a place to harbor, and ultimately, a spot to step away from.

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ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER- Ara Hagopian’s debut book “What Happened to Vicky Lee? A Collection of Stories” is out now: http://vickyleethebook.com/

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About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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4 Responses to The Footprint

  1. ilias says:

    I like the hidden darkness -if I may call it that- in your story . A sense of underlying doom to come ? Or a doom that has already come ?

    • Hi Ilias, I can see how you’d think there’s hidden darkness in this, I was focusing on the characters in the photo, the ones who were stuck in the snow alone, who melted that snow and died or existed in a solitary world. Then came an assertion, someone walking, leaving a print, and then a bunch of beings found a safe harbor in that footprint. And one, or more, decides they too can head out, and create their own arc–away from here. But first the footprint had to come; the pioneer. Someone with vision, someone bigger?

      • ilias says:

        Looks like I got it wrong , instead of doom and gloom there’s hope and a future better than the past .

      • It’s funny but after your comment I re-read the piece in a different light, and more to your point of view. I think the writer may have had something dark on his mind when he splayed this piece, the blurb was written in the very early morning and everything written that early is the deep, dark truth.

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