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.


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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