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You Forced Me To Run: A Poem

Updated on October 10, 2012

My freedom of choice was taken from me

You made me do what I least wanted to

Despite my attempts to stay planted and rooted

You forced me to run...

Onlookers would know that resistance was futile

My neighbours could tell it was not what I hoped

Time froze still as I fought with my senses

But you forced me to run....

I knew I should turn in the other direction

And go on my way like I normally would do

And yet I was drawn by a deep sense of reason

You forced me to run...

The chill of the air had me wrapped up and cosy

I should have just got in my car and drove off

But to leave you like that so alone and so helpless

Just forced me to run...

So I took off with speed on the way you had ventured

Hoping to capture you safe in my arms

Hoping to bring you back home to your refuge

I started to run...

I never gave thought to the onlookers watching

I chased and I hustled to reach you in time

I know I looked foolish but you were my purpose

You forced me to run...

I gasped as I reached you and clasped you close to me

The gathering crowd cheered with hearty applause

They knew, like I did, that I just could not leave you

It was right that I run...

I held you so tight as we retraced me steps home

Back to the place where it all had began

I carefully placed you in the safe place you'd come from the lid on my new garbage can.

Twas a very windy morning today!



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    • petenali profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ Crystal Tatum - it's all in the build up and then KAPOW! Appreciate the votes etc...

      @billybuc - I value the input from someone of your great "hubiness"!

      @William Savage - thanks for the kind comment

      @bizarrett81 - you just gotta love a good surprise, right?

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      5 years ago from Maine

      Well that caught me by surprise. Funny!! Voted up!

    • William Savage profile image

      Keep Moving Forward 

      5 years ago from Salisbury, Maryland Living in North Greensboro, NC

      Clever! Good stuff!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hilarious! You had me all the way with this clever poem. Loved it!

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      Crystal Tatum 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I knew the twist was coming, but I couldn't predict what it would be. Just brilliant. Voted up, awesome, shared, the whole bit. You're a great writer.

    • petenali profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @janshares - Police humour eh? I'm sure I know not of which you speak... ;^}

      Thanks for stopping by and for the kind votes...

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      Janis Leslie Evans 

      5 years ago from Washington, DC

      If I hadn't read your profile and your forum post, I would have been fooled, too. I know a little bit about police humor :-) I actually suspected cat or puppy so it was a pleasant surprise. Voted up and funny.

    • petenali profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ Faith Reaper - Don't take it too hard, you weren't the only one fooled by this one. Of course I understood it all the way through. Thanks for the comment and the votes... Bless ya!

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      LOL, you had me going there really good on this one. Excellent and oh so funny - at the end!!! You clever one you. Initially, I thought, oh what a coward running away, but then I realized you were running towards, and even before I read about the applause, I was saying in my mind hooray!!! Jokes on me . . . you got us all good on this one. Voted Way up

      God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • petenali profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @ ImKarn23 - ouch.... harsh. Trust me, I know when I screw up, mostly due to the frequency of it.... after all I AM a guy so it comes with the Now, when it comes to my wife, I'd run until my body gave out for her.

      Thanks for stopping by...

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      Karen Silverman 

      5 years ago


      it was sooo beautiful - a man who actually knew he'd screwed up before it was too late..

      but - alas - no such luck!


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      5 years ago from usa

      Thanks for the drama and smile. I like the lid for my garbage can because if you do not keep it wasp or cats start coming around.

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      Kim Kennedy 

      5 years ago from uk

      Naughty petenali, there I was thinking you were being romantic! I did enjoy your poem, so thank you.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Waaaaaaaa, you got me running too and to a lid of a garbage can, that was really a twisted surprise there! What a chase! I love it. Nice surprise at the end. Funny, awesome, and interesting.

      Now, petenali, put a heavy rock on top of the lid. But it is one way or the other, good to run, eh!


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