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OLD RUNNER - Mike Jenkins (U.K.)

 


OLD  RUNNER

 

-         Mike Jenkins (U.K.)

 

 

The kids are imitating

Mocking as she runs around the Rec.

It’s not what a granny

Is supposed to be doing,

She should be knitting scarves.

 

They laugh like donkey derbies

Behind her failing, flailing arms.

It’s like she’s in a bad dream

Against a wicked wind gluing

Itself to every limb.

 

To them a freaks how, sideshow

From their humdrum days

When even a kick round’s a crime.

Her face is lowered, determined

To beat the taunting ground.

 

She’s orbiting the city stream,

The playground and the benches,

Dog barking at her ankles a while ;

She is the planet we will reach,

Downing sun behind the trees

 

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