Rhythmic Run

Stefani Boutelier

ready, set, run
earbuds, forte in my ear
legs in adagio
Ain’t Nothin But a Gangsta Party
beats shuffle my arms forward
shoulders pop with caprice to a
Bidi Bidi, Zoom, or Waka

andante sways my core into cadence
Won’t Back Down
humidity pulling my hydration out
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
the rhythm near my drums
builds a tempo in my stride
Blinding Lights
on the Otherside
an ensemble of emotions and goals

sweat with every roll of the heel
the longer I pace with the lyrics
the deeper my thoughts pitch away
from the mad, Mad World
escapism through a runner’s high
even when my feet feel like

 …I Run the World


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Bridge the Distance: An Oral History of COVID-19 in Poems Copyright © 2021 by Stefani Boutelier is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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