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What if it’s all for nothing? All the roadrunning has been in vain? ~from “All the Roadrunning,” as sung by Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris

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Parts of Me / Not the Roadrunning

I wanted to write about my feet, muddy and broken,
the way they carried me through tick-festered fern,
bracken and blood root. About my calves and how they
looked after, dark as coffee, dirtier than my brain.
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I wanted to write about my hair, the way I let it
from my hat and it hands itself down, curl over curl,
like a princess of its own escape. About my breasts,
and the heart and lungs beneath them, the push and pump.
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I wanted to write about the trail, and the woman in front of me
who fell, slip-slid down the mud and muck and I would
have caught her if I could — she’d held my hand partway — but
I was too scarred and too scared. Her lips parted softways.
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There was more, too, I wanted to say, but already I’ve forgotten
the pleasure and the pain. Treasure seeker, pirate, hunter:
always my gaze points forward, never now but next.
All I can remember is that I miss your hands on my body,
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fingers that trace my paths as if to remember them by,
as if to run them over again in your dreams. Follow
root and stem, the liquid and earth of this thing that I am.
Someone, someone, should remember it. It’s that good.

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About This Poem: Bunch of inspirations for today’s poem: 1. The song I quoted above. 2. The race I ran this morning. 3. The pictures above taken after said race. 4. Reading Rilke in the bathtub with Epsom salts.

About Poem-A-Day: For the month of April (National Poetry Month), I’ve signed on to write a poem-a-day (eeks!). To make it slightly easier on myself, my rules are that I have to write each poem in fifteen minutes or less, and that I have to post it here on the blog as soon as I’m done. No edits. Just rough. Raw. Right out of the gate. (Of course, if you’re playing along, I hope you’ll post a link to your poem in the comments here — mainly because I’m selfish and I want to read them!)

See all my Poem-A-Day poems here.

You can also read some amazing poems-a-day over at Sage Cohen’s blog.

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