Just Around the Corner

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Surprise, I ran this morning
Under a most beautiful sky,
There were birds singing,
Not a favorite of all, I know,
But it suggested Spring to me,
And with all of this virus stuff
We could use a little song in the air,
But then this run was heavier than most,
Fewer people out, less traffic,
I ran without worry on a busy road,
Crossing without waiting
The Walmart light to change.
I’m running faster,
Maybe thinking that if I’m not out so long
The virus won’t catch up to me,
I know that’s just a dream
Viruses are more patient than that,
But I’m breathing, take full breaths,
Letting those alveoli show their resilience,
Their sense of purpose
As I hammer away at the pavement,
Running solo, no music,
Except for the birds and the satisfaction of feeling
Spring is just around the corner.

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