PAD Challenge #26 For Poetic Asides
For today’s prompt, write an “on the run” poem. You can decide who or what is on the run and what might be causing them to run.
Hear old song, Running
Against The Wind.* Whispering
voices, “You’re making wrong
choices, not good for you.
You will get hurt.
Want to blurt, “So, I should stop
because others feel sinking sensation,
downward vibration, into a darkness
never understood, yet forever feared?”
While I feel only clear exhilaration,
wind kissing my face, eyes tearing
at freedom and space, movement
of truth seeps through veins, breaking
reins that have always bound me.
Want to ask, “Why are we here, what
is our purpose? If living is not for
giving, for reaching out a hand, to make
a stand, create a difference? Then what
is living all about? Waiting for death
to steal last breath, after never
living at all?”
Yes, I could get hurt. Already happened.
Only to learn that hurting makes me
stronger. While others sit in darkened
corners, hording moments never spent,
unaware of fire dying, bent on buying
time that only continues flying forward.
Those knowing voices make a wind
that I must keep running against with
careless risk, hearing the tisk, tisk,
tisking of their whispering. See their
shaking heads, the dread they only wish
would fill my being.
Find sadness in their unknowing need,
refusing to give life, light into a darkness
that now, always surrounds them.
Elizabeth Crawford 11/26/10
*Against The Wind by Bob Seeger