Half Moon Run

Half Moon Run

By Laura Summervlle Reed


I’ve started to run. To draw air into my lungs

to push thoughts out of my head, because

I struggle constantly between the two polar fields

of vanity and grace; the desire to remain one of the

beautiful people and the perseverance to make it so.

After midnight when most people are sleeping

I don a tank top, a pair of shorts that barely

pass as underwear, and cheap sneakers.

My daughter is appalled. I assure her

she shouldn’t worry, all the respectable people

are in their beds by now. My feet hit the concrete

with a gate that is unfamiliar to me.

My usually lithe body becomes ungainly, lumbering.

Perhaps I should do this in heels. I’ve always

been better suited to the dance floor

than an exercise mat. But this should come naturally to me

I have the body of a runner, no, I have the body of

a ten year old boy with the unfortunate luck to have

sprouted the breast of a forty-five year old, mother of two.

I am a solitary creature. I plod along so late at my clumsy pace

for this reason. I choose no plodding companion

but the moon. Tonight there is half of her.

There has been half of me for quite some time and she knows,

and she urges me along with her pensive gaze and wan smile.


Dear Moon, Do you ever tire of the constant changes?

I think not. ‘Tis what makes you whole again. Tomorrow you

are one day closer to being new again. A fresh start,

a clean slate. Dear Moon, Teach me the gracefulness

of your phases, the endings, the beginnings, those that

make you whole, again.


©LSR 2010

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betherann 6 years ago from Montana

I like this!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, betherann.


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

Great job!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very nice thoughts! Running! Propelling yourself physically in the moonlight. About a hundred years ago I lived 12 miles from a larger city and job. I rode my bike to my job. I rode my bike to socialize in the evening. I rode my bike home- often in the moonlight.

I can ride for hours by beautiful flowers.

Mile after mile with bugs in my smile.

Sometimes I get thrills from "screaming down-hills",

Or a fog covered road laced with daffodils.

Often at night with stars so bright,

I ride with my love in the pale moonlight.

Thank you. You brought back some pretty thoughts!


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Moulik Mistry 6 years ago from Burdwan, West Bengal, India

Beautiful - it just rocks...


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Truly glad y'all enjoy it. Thank you for your kind words...as well as your additional beautiful verse, Micky Dee!


ralwus 6 years ago

Oh how you make me desire youth again! tomorrow comes plenty fast enough, each one a little quicker until one day, you dear there will be no more left for you. Enjoy them all one day at a time and live girl. Nice job again. You can write. Thanks, CC


seraphim11 6 years ago

I really like this :)


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Charlie, you always tell me I can write. One of these days I'm going to post something truly horrific just to see how much wind you'll blow up my skirt, LMAO!, but as always, thank you for your encouragement.

Hello Seraphim11, what a beautiful pseudonym, and thank you, I'm glad you like it.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

So, so beautiful, Laura.

You've a new fan!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, Laurel!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Reminds me of me when I was going through a divorce after 14 years...I ran my heart out on daily basis...I loved the pain!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

28 years here - Will I need to run twice as far or two times a day, do you think?


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

No...torture never did as much for me as one good cry did. I was lucky. I found a way to let go or better yet, it found me. Do not keep the emotions of this inside...let it out and let a new day find you. Never, never, neveret this affect you self-esteem. Regardless of what happens to us in life, we are never helpless or alone until confronted by our own death. Until then. Life goes on.. live it to the fullest!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you for your kind words. I often give myself good advice; I rarely take it, perhaps I will listen better to fresh voices.


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

ah, just you and the moon, what a lovely picture that makes, just watch out for the non-respectable people who aren't in their beds, who prowl the night, and look for runners who plod along....perhaps a treadmill and a video of the moon would be safer. LOL, now you've got me worried about you...it is just the military police side of me coming out. get some pepper spray just in case, and practicing some really fast sprints.....Godspeed on your nightly runs.~~~MFB III


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Thank you, my friend; you are not the only one who has tsk'd, tsk'd me for the hours I conduct many of my solitary activities. I will keep a wary eye out and I must remember to get some pepper spray.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

Hey. Laura...don't you worry, we're all running with you. There's a disturbance in the force.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Glad to hear it. The crescent moon is in Taurus right now and plodding along is what we Taureans do best, lol!


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epigramman 6 years ago

apparently the sun has asked permission to use your smile - and moving right along: you are one of the best writers I have seen on these hubpages - bravooooooooooooooooooooooo!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Oh, Epigramman, thank you, once again for you kind and generous words.


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Stan Fletcher 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

Wow. I am completely blown away - as a runner and a writer, I am very impressed. So glad I finally got over here. Incredible stuff. Can't wait to read more.


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Stan, I'm pretty blown away by the compliment, thank you!


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epigramman 6 years ago

the daylight has finally come into my life and I don't mean the one in the sky over my lake (here at Lake Como in Italy - George Clooney is my neighbor) where was I - oh yes - the daylight has finally come into my life and I don't mean the one in the sky over my lake - that's incredibly passe - I mean the daylight which emanates from your words - words of light - and they shine the way- I must follow and enjoy a new renaissance!


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lalesu 6 years ago from south of the Mason-Dixon Author

Dear Epigramman, from atop this pedestal that you've placed me, surely the world will be able to see the light emanating from my writing, LOL! Your compliments always bring a smile, and I thank you so very much! :D

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