Leaving No Trace

Birds flock on the tide
while dark clouds of rain
are driven onshore,
clearing skies over the island.
Gracefully they circle and land,
circle and land, gathering.
I sit quietly, sipping
on the early hours
of soft light and shadow.
The silent earth, teaching
deep root and letting go,
lightens my footsteps
until like the ancients
I leave no trace
but the imprint of kindness
left on the souls
I’ve dared to love.




photograph of Sweet Medicine by Rebecca Hynes


















Reading of “Leaving No Trace” with music by Ahura


15 Responses to “Leaving No Trace”

  1. Jamail McKinney says:

    Thank you Don. This is what is much needed in the world..
    let there be peace and love.

  2. Peter Lepanto says:

    Yes Don, leaving love! Isn’t that what it’s all about.

  3. David Barnes says:

    how generous this gift, and kind — following sound traces we find the golden glow and a river leading to ahura and sweet medicine and thundersnow. most beautiful

  4. Beyond Beautiful, Dear Brother…
    You certainly know how to touch The Core!

  5. Tom Figel says:

    Don, ancients or no, I’m glad the footprints of your vitality are so apparent.

  6. Claude F Gallello says:

    I agree it was touching. Loved it. Thanks

  7. Mike McCauley says:

    “Daring to love.” I remember when I first dared to love. I had to let go of loving myself first & only. What a beautiful, liberating experience when one “dares to love”!

  8. Cherie Miller says:


    Touching words and music as I view the magnificent Andean mountains this afternoon. Thank you..

  9. Veronica Lim says:

    Beautiful, Don. Words, image and music fit together perfectly, leaving a lovely imprint on my soul in this very moment. Thank you.

  10. Tom Wishing says:

    Love this one! Happy Thanksgiving!🦃

  11. thomas mcdermott says:

    Having just celebrated my 75th, I find these words (leaving “no trace”) so evocative of the inevitable end of each life. Its starkly stated and then followed by the grace of leaving a spiritual imprint on those remaining . Very beautiful.

  12. William K Elbring says:

    One of your best…. Thank you.

  13. Edward Haimes says:

    I have felt your imprint of kindness left on my soul since we first met in 1984. You certainly dared to love everyone in your spheres of connection, and I have certainly been privileged to receive such blessing. Thank you.

  14. Marco Menato says:

    I was reminded that the more advanced a civilisation the less of a trace it leaves behind. Lemuria is a case in point. Similarly for humans. The evidence of one’s successful passage is not found in what we leave behind, but in what ascends with us, and therefore in how we contributed to the healthy flow of energy in the eco-system.

  15. Leaving the imprint of kindness…what a nice image!

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