Week 9 / Day 2

 

Drivers, hungry and bored, clamber home over the bridge

in congested lines. Tree swallows distract and amuse,

swooping and gliding along the river: glinting arcs

in their own supper quest.swallows

Pedestrian shadows elongate in the lowering light.

A lone runner on her fifth interval muses

as she accelerates past the earth-stuck cars.

bridge traffic 1

Her arms are wings this time.

She is pulled forward, pumping

and pulsing—faster, farther—feathers fluttering

Around her flowing form as it crests the bridge.

 

Twilight deepens; the bridge lights flicker on.

The birds, not sated yet, sail on still searching.

swallows pic

Repeat. She jogs back down to her start line to begin again.

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......former public defender/legal aid lawyer, Teach For America teacher, and always running....

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