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The Language Of The Run

NHP Runner’s Club, Championship 8K, June 2

 

They charge and scatter and leap

across the open field,

knowing how much life is to come

in its moment.

We inherit what they inherit.

How hard we have striven, all of us,

in our solidarity.  The spectators shout 

and cheer and clap them on—not to some 

political spin, for which no one cares.

 

The language of the run says

this is the good life,

that makes the heaven’s sing.

We are the children, running fast

and sure and light, in this world

we inhabit a happy place.

 

O bright distance!  

Your bodies glean the landscape.

Your spirit fuels the flesh, the hearts 

and minds of the run, for us all.

 

Stephen Cipot