Run Softly

May 31, 2011
By bb-rocks SILVER, Uniontown, Ohio
bb-rocks SILVER, Uniontown, Ohio
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Favorite Quote:
"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
-Philippians 4:8


Run like the tomatoes and ‘ketchup’
Run like the neighborhood kids playing freeze-tag,
like the red lips of lemonade-drinking, gossiping women
Run like the superheroes saving damsels in vine-climbing sky-towers
Run like the drawbridge will stay open
for you
just a crack,
just enough
to let the shard of luminosity be your direction
Run softly
Run like the bank when all the money is gone

Run like the gold really does exist in California,
and the Fountain of Youth is just another mile farther
Run like the people with new years resolutions
l o n g overdue
Run like the young girl, so empty inside
Run like the boy who is trying to hide,
like the tormented teen, away from home because
no one
will
listen
Run softly
Run like the blood to a girl’s cheeks when she blushes
like the fingers through her hair
Run like the lovers through nighttime streets of rain,
like the time is never too late to
speak
now...
or forever hold your peace
Run like the slave, away from the master
like the deer from the hunter
Run like the victims, away from the fire
Run like the battles have just been won,
in your homes, in far-off countries
Run like the children to coming-home fathers
Run like the car that’s pulling out of your driveway
couldn’t possibly be
carrying your heart
away with it
Run softly
Run like the tears down a sick, shattered soul
Run like the cancer won’t spread to your lungs,
like memories won’t escape your grasp
Run like the beach-steppers leaving their footprints in the sand
Run like the early-morning risers who get up an extra hour
just to glimpse the sun
to absorb, for once,
the

silence.

Run like the answers you treasure can change someone’s fate in
life
or
death
Run like the world will end tomorrow and you can’t beg God
for another day
for another hour
for another minute

Run like the distance of the nails, east to west.


The author's comments:
The genre of this work is a list poem. I used the repetition of “Run like the…” to emphasize the main topic of the piece and a variety of different running descriptions to follow the repetition. I chose to use the list poem because running itself is very much like a list poem, continuous with a sometimes-uneven pattern. Since the physical poem itself represents the physical aspect of running, I wrote the poem from the more abstract side of running. I realized so much more as I was writing this poem, that running is so much more than a sport. It constitutes reasons for what people are running away from or headfirst into. It is a lifestyle. This piece reflects my theme by emphasizing every aspect of running, avoiding, for a moment, athletics. The title “Run softly” simply means to listen. Listen and see the simple and heavy things in life.

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on Dec. 15 2014 at 12:15 pm
Princess.Renda GOLD, Travelers Rest, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"All the world is made of faith, trust, and pixie dust." --J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

BB, holy mercy, pleeease keep writing!! This is absolutly beautiful and wonderful! I love it <3 Thank you for sharing! Keep writing, dear :)

on Nov. 15 2012 at 5:22 pm
bb-rocks SILVER, Uniontown, Ohio
5 articles 0 photos 1 comment

Favorite Quote:
"Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things."
-Philippians 4:8

Thank you so much for your encouragement! It is much appreciated! :) God Bless!

on Nov. 2 2011 at 12:44 pm
Adrianna.A. SILVER, Bangor, Maine
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Favorite Quote:
The one thing we can't get enough of is Love. and the one thing we can't give enough of is love.

I loved this! It was great! You should write more!!! I was interested the entire time!!!!


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