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Elliptical machine

Run today fast shoes short shorts water bottle.
You’ve Nowhere to be
and here is sweat fledging face and hands and back, away up
and down into small wet crowns on the plastic.

Run today and run and run and run the breath through chapped lips,
lungs thick and filled from purging air that gag the steps.

Run today into the tunnel vision,
the odor, the ache, the arrythmia; the high.
Run today, make your heart sick
as it was when love was something caught with speed or action.
Run from where you were so you do not know it
Run from where you are so you do not see it
Run because you cannot see the beauty here and
Run because you’ve passed them now and
Run because maybe someday you’ll be fast enough.

Run, today, faster than the day before,
and worry;
older,
slower,
shorter,
not at all.
Run in place run in place run in place run in place.

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a long time since I could run, but I remember the feelings described! Nice job!
Only criticism, I think you meant [flecking] not fledging in the line: sweat [fledging]face, hands and back.

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Thanks Geezer! Hope you find similar feelings in life today outside running.

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I do. I find that being a gardener gives me a lot of pleasure, as does being on Neopoet. I get to connect with many people all over the world that have I have become friends with. Life goes on, past our youth and strength and we must find things to compensate for the physicality. My mom is 92 and is not very physically able, but she does puzzles and plays cards to keep her mind sharp. ~ Geezer.
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