First You Walk

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First You Walk – Tableau

A nervous check-in
after a long line,
earns me a number.
Muscles are warmed up,
laces wrapped tightly,
so stretching begins.

Five kilometers:
only a few miles.
People are packed in.
I feel like a sardine
compressed in a can,
waiting to explode.

My first race begins
as I barely walk
until the crowd thins.
Hypnotic rhythm
brings realization:
I am on the run.

My response to an “on the run” poem for a Poetic Asides prompt at Writer’s Digest takes the form of another tableau.

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About ewdupler

Gene is an avid outdoorsman, loves reading and is known to put pen to paper (well, he types) as an amateur poet.
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