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The Runner

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The Runner

It’s been too long since I sang the song 
Of the runner down the road;
Losing cares to wind in the hair 
And a river that always flows.  Winding  
And wistfully, like a lover
In the dark; aorta racing, footsteps 
Pacing ‘round the park.
Stirring up old memories 
Of fitful, youthful years;
Despite the pounds and pounding now 
I’m grateful to be here.  Able still 
To find a rhythm, a cadence in my bones;
Though older now I feel somehow
Much younger running 
Down the road…Tomorrow’s 
Not quite here yet and today’s
Not disappeared;   
But the sunset I see running free
Is enough to help me steer.   Home 
In the right direction where 
I lie down and rest; 
It’s been too long since I sang the song 
Of the heart beat in my chest.  

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  1. Date: 11/6/2011 6:13:00 PM
    Hi Terry, so good to hear from you! I'm sorry you are having to deal with unpleasant things and hope for some positive change for you soon. Just reaching out to give you a hug so you know someone is thinking about you and of course to read your homesick verse again. HOPE IT WON'T BE LONG TILL YOU ARE HOME. LUV, LIZZY.

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 8:44:00 PM
    My son was a runner and this was quite special to me, Thank you

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 6:13:00 PM
    Soup mail Terry

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 5:09:00 PM
    I could almost dance to the cadence of this. Your lovely descriptions take the reader with you but I sense again the homesick feeling you have inside as you are so far from home.

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 4:38:00 PM
    "Song of the heart beat" just amazing stuff, Terry. An EXCELLENT piece.

  1. Date: 10/12/2011 2:08:00 PM
    being a runner myself in my 50s, i know the loss of pace, but i still enjoy it. nice to see a poem about running. and remember, you can run as far as your mind will let you. good stuff.