[POEM] the tempo of the forest


the tempo of the forest

before I started running I never understood the allure
but what I crave from running in the woods is
what we all crave from life: rhythm

there is a rhythm on the trail
it’s the in and out of breath
the foot connecting with earth
the cadence and stride of movement
it’s knowing what to expect
and expecting the unpredictable
the change of seasons
how weather affects the trail
snow crunch, wet leaves, dry leaves, soft dirt, mud puddles
big boulders, small rocks, rain, humidity, dry heat, cold wind
it’s all a part of the rhythm of the forest
the craving we have as humans
to experience joy in stolen moments

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Gina Thompson
23 February 2017
Spring Creek Park, State College PA

free write based on WordPress Daily Prompt: Rhythmic


About Gina Marie Thompson

writer • mom • trail runner • cheese slinger • educator • social justice crusader • seeker of love & beauty• living locally • I CHOOSE LOVE ❤️
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2 Responses to [POEM] the tempo of the forest

  1. mykuljay says:

    I really enjoyed this poem Gina. I don’t’ really have “woods” actually here in Florida – just a lot of scrub palmetto and pine trees. Your area sounds wonderful! Be well.


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