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Beach Run

Updated on March 4, 2013 match me stride for stride... match me stride for stride... | Source

You're the first woman I've ever gone running with

so pardon me if I stare at you incredulously

wondering how it is that you can laugh and laugh

while I'm concentrating on breathing.

Almost six feet tall in bare feet

you match me stride for stride

as we flirt with sand crabs and plovers

and waves that kiss the shore

the sand quickly absorbing the liquid invasion.

Wonder Woman, just an hour ago

your hair was up in a bun.

Large-framed glasses hugged your nose and upper cheeks

and a white uniform gave you a professional

clinical air. Now just look at you, Miss Nurse!

Shedding your uniform and public image

becoming a feisty spirit on a lonely beach.

You're the first woman I've ever done this with

so pardon me if I have the time of my life

letting go of the starch in my psyche

and rediscovering the little boy in me.


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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thanks, Jaye! Your comments are very uplifting and also timely. I like your recall of the original scope of the word, AWESOME. You and I could come up with a list of words that were appropriate and widely used when we were youngsters that we'd have to think twice about before using in a hub today. Ha-ha! Anyway, thank you for the superlatives...they were very healing today!

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    Jaye Denman 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

    I'm trying to "catch up" with your prolific writing by reading a couple of your past hubs whenever I think of it. This one is spectacular! Beautiful! Awesome (and that's with the original meaning before that word got thrown around so carelessly)!

    I hope you tucked a copy of that poem in with the anniversary gift you gave to your wife. She could only treasure it...and you.

    Voted Up and all those superlatives!


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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Thank you, my friend. There are one or two hubs on the front burner, with anticipated January release, that have to do with my wife. Have a wonderful January 31st, and I'll see you next year!

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    wetnosedogs 5 years ago from Alabama

    Very sweet poem. Would love to hear more about your wife.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ Teresa Schultz Transplanted from Hawaii--and missing my boyhood home of origin all these years--I can surely appreciate your and Tony's passion for your lovely South Africa. I am intrigued by and impressed with what you've both done as a team. Marvelous! Looking forward to learning from you. Congratulations on your work and popularity here in Hubsville!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ anusujith I appreciate the insightful feedback. Congratulations on your accomplishments in the field of electrical engineering. My son majored in mechanical engineering and received his dual Masterships in engineering and business management from Cal Poly last year. Knowing how diligently he had to prepare during his collegiate years helps me to empathize with and appreciate your milestones. I look forward to reading your Hubs!

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    Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

    Fine poem. A successful write with beautiful climax. Voted up...

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    Teresa Schultz 5 years ago from East London, in South Africa

    What beautiful poetry! This beach run beautifully describes how the man is feeling. You make the run, and the feelings, come alive with your chosen words. Well done.