Sunday, April 20, 2008

Encounter

night run
the road slick
shadows black
the air moist
lungs grasping
shoes are pounding
steady, steady rhythm

lights flash
reflectors catching
beams stroke by
through light rain
shadows jump
with unseen fears
move faster, faster
chased by hollow air

on the left, alert
trees murmur warnings
heart pounds
someone stands
deep in shadow
eyes warm
bright pools
reflecting deep air
antlers high
in calm dignity

move gently
not to intrude
breathe long
adrenalin cools slowly
shoes are pounding
lungs grasping
trees reach
and shadows stretch
through moss air
pointing towards home

Rachel Westfall
April 20, 2008

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