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Headstall's Reflections - 6. Chapter 6-Prompt 4 and 5- Running and Flying

Poetry prompt 4- Meter 1, and Poetry prompt 5- Rhymes and couplets- ten syllables per line...

I woke up with this one, about fears, reassurance, and my run in the sun.

Headstall’s Reflections

 

 

Chapter 6- Running and Flying

 

 

Beginning my stride with a cluttered mind

I trust pumping blood will help me unwind

I want and I ache, I cry and I crave

There are times in life we have to be brave

Glory of sunshine warms my upturned face

While running takes me to a special place

I can feel your touch when I close my eyes

Couldn’t forget it in ten thousand tries

A pounding rhythm soothes my crushing need

To hold you I would push till my feet bleed

The trilling of birdsong invades the air

I search high for the source but none is there

They are likely calling their one true love

A soul-piercing sound arrives from above

And two winged creatures appear side by side

Such a joy to watch as they dive and glide

Separation for a moment or two

Maneuvers over they begin anew

Solitary man I may be today

But tonight we’ll join in our special way

No, it may not be our preferred ideal

But all that matters is the love we feel

No longer alone as I end my run

I feel you sharing the warmth of my sun

Tonight we’ll fly like swallows in the sky

Dipping and diving till we say good bye

Tomorrow will be another today

It’s a choice we’ve made to survive this way

What we have now is such a special thing

Let’s not dwell on what the future may bring

I’ve learned life is never just black and white

Trust me, I’m not giving up the good fight

Though distance between us might mean our end

That’s not the message I’m trying to send

Each day I rejoice in the night before

I’m with you, love, for as long as we soar

There are always hurdles... and choices. My thanks to Poetry for the release, and running, for the peace....

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A Nice journey only boosted by the person who's is beside us and we Love him so much. I can see no lust but desire, no laughter but smile, no stress but solace in this poem.

 

We just Love doing anything any time when our Love of Life beside us... :)

 

Lovely Poem Gary... :)

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Interesting happenstance as I came to the part about the two birds diving and gliding. I looked up and saw the very same sight outside of my window...with a lot more birds. The flock that roosts across the street was soaring in circles diving with each turn as they sought their destination. It is a sight that never tires...
As for the rest of your words, I like the idea of appreciating what has been and not worrying too much about what will be. Happiness is found in the here and the now. Fretting about what the future will bring detracts and soils what is in the now...so pushing that aside is a good way to live.
Beautiful thoughts put into words. As always, nicely done Gary. :hugs:

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On 02/07/2016 05:14 AM, Emi GS said:

A Nice journey only boosted by the person who's is beside us and we Love him so much. I can see no lust but desire, no laughter but smile, no stress but solace in this poem.

 

We just Love doing anything any time when our Love of Life beside us... :)

 

Lovely Poem Gary... :)

Thanks, Emi, for expressing your thoughts so beautifully. Running lets me sort through my thoughts... it is my guilty pleasure... thanks for the wonderful review, my friend... cheers... Gary...

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On 02/07/2016 05:16 AM, Reader1810 said:

Interesting happenstance as I came to the part about the two birds diving and gliding. I looked up and saw the very same sight outside of my window...with a lot more birds. The flock that roosts across the street was soaring in circles diving with each turn as they sought their destination. It is a sight that never tires...

As for the rest of your words, I like the idea of appreciating what has been and not worrying too much about what will be. Happiness is found in the here and the now. Fretting about what the future will bring detracts and soils what is in the now...so pushing that aside is a good way to live.

Beautiful thoughts put into words. As always, nicely done Gary. :hugs:

Thanks, Reader. Running makes me feel more a part of nature... sometimes I have my music, and sometimes I listen to nature's. You understood the core of my thoughts and emotions here... There are no guarantees in life... a valuable lesson to learn, for me. Thanks for the review and the kind words... cheers, my good friend... Gary...

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This is grand, Gary. The imagery of the birds on the wing over and around you as run is as vivid as cinema. Love the way your rhymes propel us forward as if we were running with you.

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On 02/07/2016 05:41 AM, Parker Owens said:

This is grand, Gary. The imagery of the birds on the wing over and around you as run is as vivid as cinema. Love the way your rhymes propel us forward as if we were running with you.

Thanks, Parker! I love this. It WAS a wonderful and much needed run. I'm pleased you were able to visibly join me on it. A great review... vivid as cinema... terrific... much appreciated... cheers... Gary...

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You know I get the running part... As for the sentiment of the poem, I agree wholeheartedly. Taking the time to enjoy and live for what you have now is so much more gratifying. We lose moments and some of the best times in our lives, by worrying about the future. It is hard to strike a balance because we're human, but if we remember to throw our all in the moment we might forget to worry at all..

 

As always Gary, wonderfully written. You always give me a reason to pause and think..

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On 02/07/2016 06:33 AM, Defiance19 said:

You know I get the running part... As for the sentiment of the poem, I agree wholeheartedly. Taking the time to enjoy and live for what you have now is so much more gratifying. We lose moments and some of the best times in our lives, by worrying about the future. It is hard to strike a balance because we're human, but if we remember to throw our all in the moment we might forget to worry at all..

 

As always Gary, wonderfully written. You always give me a reason to pause and think..

Thank you, Def. Yeah, I knew you would get the running part. As far as the sentiment, I admit to a little uncertainty at times, and this reflection puts me back in balance. When it's great, it's great, for however long we have it. I am a lucky man, and I take nothing for granted. Still, I've learned that it's important to make choices based on yourself, and what you need to do, no matter how much your partner may differ. Another awesome review, my friend... cheers... Gary...

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Nice Gary.
I think all your readers were running with you or at least could hear the rhythm of this poem in your footsteps.
I know what that kind of love is like. It is such a sweet place and I'm lucky I don't have to miss my man too much or for too long. And the future? Well it is coming no matter how much we may not want it to, so it's important to live now, each and every day the best you can.
Thank you for this sweeping piece Gary.
tim

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On 02/07/2016 06:58 AM, Mikiesboy said:

Nice Gary.

I think all your readers were running with you or at least could hear the rhythm of this poem in your footsteps.

I know what that kind of love is like. It is such a sweet place and I'm lucky I don't have to miss my man too much or for too long. And the future? Well it is coming no matter how much we may not want it to, so it's important to live now, each and every day the best you can.

Thank you for this sweeping piece Gary.

tim

Thanks, tim. It's very cool what you say about readers running with me. I like that. I think when I was younger, I may not have handled things the same, but I have learned to appreciate what is good and amazing, and while I may sometimes feel a little self-pity, I easily regroup and look forward to what there is. I also like that you found this a sweeping piece... thanks for the wonderful review, buddy... cheers... Gary....

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On 02/07/2016 11:59 AM, Bucket1 said:

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Thank you, Bucket... your succinct review is much appreciated... cheers, my friend... Gary...

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I love how you can convey through words the clarity you get from running. I don't run personally, but friends who do describe the same ability to think and put things into perspective as their feet propel them forward. I hope that the love you describe is with you for many many years to come.

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On 02/07/2016 02:12 PM, LitLover said:

I love how you can convey through words the clarity you get from running. I don't run personally, but friends who do describe the same ability to think and put things into perspective as their feet propel them forward. I hope that the love you describe is with you for many many years to come.

I think the act of running frees your mind of a lot of crap so you do get that clarity. It certain has the ability to calm me, although I haven't been running as much as I'd like. And yeah, I wish for that too... there are obstacles, but I'll take what I can get. You have to learn to count your blessings in life. Thanks for the great review, my friend... cheers... Gary...

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Wonderful poem Gary :)

 

I agree wholeheartedly with Parker, especially about this poem "propelling us forward as if we were running with you." He hit the nail right on the head with that.

 

Gary, when I got to the end, I let out a breathe. It was almost like a had a release, any tension or stress I had relaxed. I think you also experienced something cathartic as your run came to an end and after you wrote this poem.

 

Thanks for a great read, Gary! :hug:

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On 02/07/2016 02:19 PM, Drew Espinosa said:

Wonderful poem Gary :)

 

I agree wholeheartedly with Parker, especially about this poem "propelling us forward as if we were running with you." He hit the nail right on the head with that.

 

Gary, when I got to the end, I let out a breathe. It was almost like a had a release, any tension or stress I had relaxed. I think you also experienced something cathartic as your run came to an end and after you wrote this poem.

 

Thanks for a great read, Gary! :hug:

Thanks, Drew. I pleased to hear you experienced what you did. And you're right. The run helped me a lot, as did putting my feelings into words. It's nice to know you and a few others ended up on the run with me... I wasn't feeling alone by the end of it, and it was an amazingly beautiful day. Thank you for your awesome review, buddy... cheers... Gary...

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Gary, you almost make me want to run. Almost. I loved this poem and sentiments behind it. For some the distance isn't physical it is self imposed. My man of 23 years is much older than me and when the physical started to wane I went through a period where I thought he didn't love me anymore and I fixated on the part we were not experiencing. It was a bad time for both of us because my focus on what was wrong with us was like a laser. As you know, we have been through something extremely stressful lately and that in substitution of your running to clear your head, has made me finally realize that it isn't what we don't do as much anymore that is important. It is what we still feel and do and say every day that is important and even though the stress was awful, I am so glad it made us feel like a couple again instead of tearing us apart further. I am also so grateful that upon returning to this website this is the first thing I read. Thanks for the balm my friend.

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On 02/10/2016 05:49 AM, pzetts3 said:

Gary, you almost make me want to run. Almost. I loved this poem and sentiments behind it. For some the distance isn't physical it is self imposed. My man of 23 years is much older than me and when the physical started to wane I went through a period where I thought he didn't love me anymore and I fixated on the part we were not experiencing. It was a bad time for both of us because my focus on what was wrong with us was like a laser. As you know, we have been through something extremely stressful lately and that in substitution of your running to clear your head, has made me finally realize that it isn't what we don't do as much anymore that is important. It is what we still feel and do and say every day that is important and even though the stress was awful, I am so glad it made us feel like a couple again instead of tearing us apart further. I am also so grateful that upon returning to this website this is the first thing I read. Thanks for the balm my friend.

You have the ability to make me literally glow with pleasure. What a wonderful review. The thoughts and sentiments you express are exactly what I felt and feel. Yeah, I questioned, but I gave my head a shake... long distance isn't easy, but it's worth the effort to make it work. It is incredible what simple phone calls and texts have come to mean. I'm so glad my poem did this for you... that it was a balm. Running is one of my balms... I am meditating in a way when I run... and my mind clears so I can see what's important... so, so fulfilling to read this... thank you, pzetts... I missed you... cheers... Gary...

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There is an experiential magic in this poem. The act of running (or for me, the act of walking) can spring music to the mind, and with it, poetry too. All the visuals here are stunning, and seem to move by as if a slow parade or reflection.

 

I'd say this is like a Madrigal of Motion. Thanks for sharing it!

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On 02/12/2016 03:23 PM, AC Benus said:

There is an experiential magic in this poem. The act of running (or for me, the act of walking) can spring music to the mind, and with it, poetry too. All the visuals here are stunning, and seem to move by as if a slow parade or reflection.

 

I'd say this is like a Madrigal of Motion. Thanks for sharing it!

Thanks, AC. This poem is musical in my head, so Madrigal would be appropriate. More significantly, this poem has the rhythm of running in my mind, I guess because running is very healing for me. That rhythm is like meditating in that it allows me to clear my mind so I can let go of, or better yet, winnow the chaff from that kernel of truth I am searching for. This poem put you in a better place. Thank you for the great review... cheers... Gary...

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I'm not much on writing poetry, as you know, but I really like this one. It speaks to the feelings I've had when going into a relationship...and I wish I'd had it to hand when things wouldn't turn out as I wished.
A little teary over this one, as it reminds me of my last and best relationship, and the fact that at the end, there were no more tomorrows for my lover. Sorry, I need to stop now and gather myself together again. Eight years and it still feels like yesterday.

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On 05/11/2016 06:34 PM, ColumbusGuy said:

I'm not much on writing poetry, as you know, but I really like this one. It speaks to the feelings I've had when going into a relationship...and I wish I'd had it to hand when things wouldn't turn out as I wished.

A little teary over this one, as it reminds me of my last and best relationship, and the fact that at the end, there were no more tomorrows for my lover. Sorry, I need to stop now and gather myself together again. Eight years and it still feels like yesterday.

Thank you, CG. There are challenges in every relationship. It's how we deal with them that is important. This run let me put mine in perspective. I'm sorry this made you teary, but it is never a bad thing to remember those you've loved. Peace to you, my dear friend... wonderful review... cheers... Gary...

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On 05/21/2016 02:39 PM, Arazon said:

Another wonderful piece Gary! Great imagery and it gives me a real sense of living in the moment. I felt the last line finishes it perfectly

Thanks, Arazon! I'm glad you liked this. Running is almost a religion to me, and it helps me sort myself out as I do it. This really was about me reaffirming I am okay with living in the moment. I'm pleased you liked the imagery... there is always something on my runs that capture me... yeah, the last line was my promise... I so appreciate the review and the kind words... cheers... Gary...

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A sad poem. Brave but sad. I hope it all ended well. I do admire the way every line scans correctly, and love the imagery..

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