Running from Both Sides

Allison Berryhill

Pain and drain of energy
And weight of body’s lethargy
The headwinds pounding westerly
I looked at runs that way

I’ve also run to hope and heal
To know the solace that is real
And afterward, endorphins feel
I welcome runs today

I’ve looked at running’s cons and pros
Its ups and downs, its highs and lows
The motivation comes and goes
A twin-edged path this runner knows.

Note from Allison about the poem: Based on Joni Mitchell “Both Sides Now”


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

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