Run on sentence

running2Whatever it was
I used to be running from
sentenced to and for what…

I forgot

what I am now running to –
at a slower, more mindful pace
I may get to ‘to’ or I may not

I don’t know

youth was escaping
on the run from, to…sprinting
middle age finds me
looking over my shoulder lessDonQuixoteWindmill

I have slowed down

life is now a more leisurely
5K-type pace, not a race,
…but for a cure or a cause?

I am I, Don Quixote

slow and steady wins the race
but there is less competition
no pressing urge to best others
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I still want to win

keep the pace with the race
enjoy the scenery make the case
that the joy is in the journey

in the best shape of my life

others now try to keep up with…
me? I am the lead dog in the pack
setting the pace, tone, tempo

I smile, and don’t look back

Mark Lucker

Confidently…

I have grown accustomed to
astonishment of others

selfconfidencesilently, smugly I take their
surprise as less personal affront
more opportunity to exploit
their naiveté-tinged ignorance

(when not feeling charitable)

making any successes sweeter
though I oftentimes regret
my haughty self-restraint in
not saying ‘I told you so’

actions chat louder than words
though aren’t always heard
while seeing is believing
even when nobody is watching

– Mark Lucker