Long Distance Runners

Written by: Soulfire

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