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The crunch of the snow

Updated on January 3, 2015

Should I run?


It is getting dark
and it is snowing.

I want to run
but hesitate.

There won't be time
to go very far.

Briefly a debate rages
within my mind.

But for once I listen
to the quiet voice.

The voice that says yes,
you should go.

The snow is heavier now


In minutes I arrive
at the bike path.

The snow is heavier now
and the path is covered.

I still can see the lines
painted on the pavement.

They are slippery
and I avoid them.

I start out
listening to music.

But halfway through
I turn it off.


It's quiet, listen


Age and injuries
have slowed my pace.

My senses seem
much more in tune now.

I hear my breathing
I can feel my heartbeat.

With each step
I hear the crunch of the snow.

I feel the snowflakes
against my face.

They cling briefly
to my eyelashes.

Even with the ebbing light
the scene is beautiful.

Normally busy with runners
today I am alone.

Living in the moment


This may be the first time
the only time.

I am appreciating
this beautiful experience.

These moments are quiet,
peaceful, wonderful.

This is such a simple experience
yet I am profoundly moved.

I savor each moment
as I near the end of the run.

I don't know if the conditions
will ever be so perfect again.

So happy that today
I listened to that little voice.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      so far enjoying your work voted up and awesome my friend :)