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Skirt suit and sneakers

A woman
with close-cropped
silver hair
runs in
the shade
of trees
lining one side
of my company’s
campus

Her running attire
makes me grin:
A skirt suit and
a pair of
sneakers

As she finishes
this part of her run,
waiting to cross the street
back to her office complex,
she catches me watching her
and turns her head away
quickly before
booking it
across the street

I hope she saw in my smile
not “How weird!”
but “Heck, yeah!”

If I see her running again,
I’ll thank her for
inspiring me
to know more deeply:
It’s not what you wear
or how you might look
to random passersby
while doing the thing
that matters,
but the motion itself!

Better to run
in what you have
with the time you have
than to wait for
just the right
everything,
which can indeed be
an extremely rare
alignment of
circumstance!

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  1. April 13, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    You’re a special breed of human, Deborah.
    Just sayin’…

    • April 14, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      I don’t know about that, but I do appreciate the warmth and kindness behind your words! Thank you, Hook. Thinking of you with a full heart.

  2. April 13, 2016 at 12:37 pm

    “Better to run in what you have with the time you have than to wait for just the right everything,”—Yes, so true. I love that! Applies to most anything in life.

    • April 14, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      Hear, hear! I wanted to capture that expression of it so that the next time I find myself going, “But everything’s not just right!” I’d have a little nudge to look at the situation another way. πŸ™‚

  3. April 13, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Well done, both writer and runner.

  4. April 13, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Mmmmm, I love this. So spot on. It is indeed are rare moment when everything lands in our laps, perfectly placed. I don’t know about you but I’m ALWAYZ waiting for that singular moment to ‘get to it’. She’s so brave!

    • April 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      I went through a period where I always waited for everything to land just right before I’d proceed. Now I’m getting the hang (again) of making do with what’s there, and I’m enjoying experiencing all the richness that comes from the not-waiting. ♥

      • April 14, 2016 at 7:59 pm

        It’s a kind of ‘falling through’ first step though isn’t it? I’m in the same place. It’s an unusual feeling at times to simply do. I must admit that I’m trying to enjoy rather than actually enjoying it…all in its time.πŸ’œ

  5. April 13, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I love your poetry.

  6. April 13, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    πŸ™‚

  7. April 14, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Hey Deborah I love this poem, the images you use bring the poem alive. It’s like I’m there in the moment with you.

    Best Wishes
    Gayle X

  8. April 16, 2016 at 10:18 am

    A couple of days ago I visited a friend whose daughter was tromping through the house in moon shoes, have you ever seen these? I watched her fascinated for at least 10 minutes before asking exactly what she was doing. She explained she was practicing to be the first ‘girl’ to walk on the moon.

    She is 11 years old. She is Autistic. She is a fabulous dreamer and brilliant.

    Your poem reminds me of her.

    ❀

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