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Long Distance Runners

We don’t run the way we used to
ten kilometers pounding 
hard through switchback trails 
to beat the twilight

Twenty-odd years ago
you wanted marriage 
kids and a life
any life
away from your parents 

but nothing of marriage, held 
my imagination 
like Big Apple freaks 
casually smoking 
creatively shaping 
thoughts of a future self

And then you went and 
lived your life -  exactly as planned
while I stayed and 
got lost in the idea of it

And now when we run 
I can always see
shadows falling 
away from ourselves
moving toward 
the finish

Copyright © Soulfire

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  1. Date: 7/12/2011 5:48:00 AM
    Brilliant, Jen. You were born to be a writer. Love, Elaine

  1. Date: 6/12/2011 6:39:00 PM
    A beautiful poem here Soulfire...Congrats on your win..

  1. Date: 6/12/2011 1:31:00 PM
    Awesome write especially your last stanza ;) Congratulations on your win ;)

  1. Date: 6/12/2011 12:28:00 PM

  1. Date: 6/12/2011 12:06:00 PM
    This is strong poetry. Awesome ponderings here, with a touch of angst. Really dig the ending stanza too. Congratulations on your win~!

  1. Date: 6/12/2011 11:52:00 AM
    Congrats Soulfire on your very interesting write with thought provoking metaphors...that last stanza sure leaves a lasting image with me...

  1. Date: 6/12/2011 9:25:00 AM
    My congratulations on the win in the contest of p.d., soulfire

  1. Date: 6/12/2011 8:18:00 AM
    Congrats Soulfire on your excellent win in PD's contest of last post... great as all other posts of your creativity luv..enjoy..

  1. Date: 6/12/2011 2:50:00 AM
    soulfire, a re-read that still conquers me.. perky cheers for the amazing award!! :) huggs

  1. Date: 6/8/2011 12:22:00 AM
    You have got a strikingly elegant style. soulfire.

  1. Date: 5/26/2011 1:36:00 PM
    a most interesting write, Soulfire. Love your style!

  1. Date: 5/23/2011 1:20:00 PM
    the determination to run your life the way you wish it to be is exactly why you are here, methinks...lines so free-wheeling and subtly bold, i am struck, soul... greeat job! :) huggs, nette

  1. Date: 5/21/2011 3:39:00 PM
    Wow! Stunning, Soulfire. I still have chills thinking about the shadows falling away as you approach the finish line. Awesome work! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/21/2011 2:31:00 AM
    * “Smile * Ow * Perceptions & Views & Starts & Finishes * I Love The Sincerety of A Soulful Voice Amid This Wonderful Verse * A Voice Spoken Unto The Near & Dear * Gifted & Precious Soulfire * Yet In My Own Eternal View * A Pit Stop Would Be 'The Only Stop;' If Even At All. * I Love Your Last Stanza's Breath of Hopes Life & Light It So Seems * Very Nice * Sincerely Yours * Sarah” *

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 10:29:00 PM
    super genius write Soulfire... hope u are having a great weekend luv.. your lines are delightful luv..

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 7:04:00 PM
    very creative piece of work, enjoyed it.

  1. Date: 5/20/2011 4:43:00 PM
    this is beautiful nicely done. I have enjoyed your write tonight. cory