The Next Step, a poem by Ian McMillan

 

The Next Step by Ian McMillan

As I walk I know it all comes down to this

On the street in the shadow of the factory wall

The boots pounding on the ground in rhythmic bliss:

The next step taken is the finest step of all.

 

Make your own map right across your neighbourhood

As the cars are zooming by and the loud horns call

Walking gives you something deeply understood:

The next step taken is the finest step of all.

 

A ramble through the city opens up the mind,

The alleys and the pavements and the shopping mall,

The hidden places that your slow footsteps find:

The next step taken is the finest step of all.

 

See you on the avenue, see you on the stroll

See you on the towpath by the lost football

If you’re feeling broken this will make you whole:

The next step taken is the finest step of all.

 

  • Our Paving the Way campaign calls on local authorities to improve walking infrastructure and to make walking in towns and cities the easy choice. We’re celebrating neighbourhoods that are already great for walking in our Britain’s Best Walking Neighbourhood Award. Voting on the 2018 Award has closed, but there’s still plenty of time to nominate your neighbourhood for 2019 Award.