today’s jog

Went running today, only the second time

outside since the new year,

leaving behind the teenager muttering to his rake

and the laundry tumbling through its cycles.


As I ran I cursed the two weeks of busy-ness

while my running shoes sat forlorn, laces tied,

waiting patiently on the treadmill,

and I also cursed the hill at the beginning of Briarcliflf,

and my inflexible hip flexors.


I turned around at the one-and-a-half mile mark,

after noticing the recalcitrant snow banks at ends

of driveways and that stone house I always tell you

I like, you know — the one with the pillars, and the

beautiful landscaping.

I walked while my heat and my breath

caught up to me, and nodded to the crocii and

spindly leaves of daffodil waving bleakly as I passed.


The cars outpaced me, as did the bicyclist in his

black and fuschia Lycra, and the young hipsters

with their trench coats and fedoras, and one old

man on a vintage bike with bell and basket,

and the tall blond girl with the racing number and her

long swinging pony tail.


But I outpaced the swooping camel-back bridge and

the dead ornamental grasses which whispered in my ear

as I passed, and even the dead leaves which blew

on ahead of me and then snagged on pebbles or cracks

or cramps in their sides or calves.


I also outpaced the worries I had shed behind me like a vapor trail,

although they waited for me, lining the walk where I’d left

them, waving their arms and clamoring on my return;

I couldn’t hear them for the sound of the wind still

in my ears, and that of the waves of the river that

lapped against the pilings and rocks along the road.

5 Responses to “today’s jog”

  1. 1 Kyle
    April 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    refreshing, wish i could write like you

  2. April 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    This is the great poem, although the post I mistakenly added the comment to is also good reading. But this is a great poem! Wonderfully stated.

  3. April 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    amazing imagery…

    lovely word flow.

    invite you to join Jingle poetry potluck today, free and fun…

    first time participant is welcome to share 1 to 3 old poems, or poems unrelated to our theme,
    hope to see you in.


  4. 4 Margy Rydzynski
    April 11, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Beautiful. I’m going to share it with some other folks who will like it as well!

  5. April 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    You made running sound beautiful.

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