06 June 2018

Running a Marathon



Between waking and sleeping, non-
      stop running to get my tasks done ~
running, running, running, running ~
     you ask me to a marathon?

I’ll come to admire your skill,
    while I think in the wind and sun.
For a few hours ~ I'll stand still.
     I may snap photos while you run.

The street itself rumbles as shoes
    pound pavement, and the percussion
tackles my heart until I muse
     about what running might diffuse.

Do runners stay angry? Carry
     self-doubt? Expect great perfection
and guilt themselves out? Hear scary
     stories till they falter, undone?

While you cover miles, I retreat
     from goals that were wrongly spun.
I unravel them till we meet
     at the end of our marathon. 






My blog poems are rough drafts. 
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© 2018 Susan L. Chast






13 comments:

Peter Chast said...

interesting, thought provoking.

Sumana Roy said...

"While you cover miles, I retreat
from goals that were wrongly spun."......true gems here. LOVE this.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Like the speaker in the poem, I might stand and gaze halfheartedly at a marathon, but my thoughts would be elsewhere!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I especially love those closing lines......we each run our own type of marathon.

Myrna R. said...

I like your description of your running life, versus the runner's life and the invitation to watch.
I guess we're all in some kind of marathon.
Wonderful writing as always Susan.

Susie Clevenger said...

We each run a "marathon" in our own way. Love this.

kaykuala said...


While you cover miles, I retreat
from goals that were wrongly spun.
I unravel them till we meet
at the end of our marathon.

Problems can be solved even when not competing! It is whether to resolve or otherwise!

Hank

Truedessa said...

I have days of non-stop running it leaves me feeling exhausted. I guess we each have our own race to run.

Old Egg said...

Having been a runner in my earlier years I think I must now thank/blame the sport for increasing years but a bad back to go with it after pounding along so many miles. Our choices do have repercussions and it is so difficult to find the perfect course.

Thotpurge said...

I retreat
from goals that were wrongly spun.- this is much much harder than running towards a goal... a marathon in itself.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I love the way the speaker is running different kind of marathon!

Kim Russell said...

When I was younger, I loved that kind of challenge, and was happy to take part in a marathon or a bike ride. These days, everything feels like a marathon - without the running! The lines that resonate with me are:
'While you cover miles, I retreat
from goals that were wrongly spun.
I unravel them till we meet
at the end of our marathon.'

annell said...

I enjoyed reading your post!! xoxo