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I ran

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I ran on the junior high track team
to win the approval
of my high school track star brother
--he was Odoness to me

I ran through high school
from the pains of pre-adulthood
and the tortures of grown up love

I stopped running for a short time,
seven months to be exact
--wouldn't have been good for the kids
bouncing around in my belly like that

I started running again
away from tattered dreams
and fist-face punches of reality
tears streaking with the wind in my face

I run with anger
with pride
with lust frustration
with jealousy
with loss
with happiness

And now, I leave to run
but for none of the above
--just to look good in a swimsuit this summer