My running route in Hong Kong.

There are roads—
paths I know by heart.
Up and down and up and down,
I run.
End to start.

There are paths—
friends I pound apart.
Fast and slow and fast and slow,
we go,
with no restart.

There are friends—
routes of little art.
Loud and soft and loud and soft,
we talk.
They know my heart.

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  1. Very nice meaningful poem! We always get attached to some places for one reason or another. Sometimes more so when we travel (for some strange reason, not too sure how to explain this).

    • A good question, Subhan! Haha. That’s what Zemanta suggested I use, so I went with it. I suppose running can relate to cardiovascular disease, and is a term likely used in Google searches?… I’m glad you liked the poem. :)

      • Ah, I see, hahaha. Sure, write some more. Would love to read them. :-) BTW, the post I was telling you about yesterday has just been published. When I said my blogging schedule is every Thursday, that means Australian time, so I guess it is still Wednesday for you, because you are residing in the US, yes?

      • Yes, it’s still Wednesday here. And I’m on the late side of US time! I will look at your blog very soon! Hope you’re having a great day. :)

  2. Love this. Well said. New places are great, but there is always something very comforting about running on a path of a known “friend.”

    • I got to thinking about all the familiar routes I’ve had in the past few years—in Chattanooga, Taiwan, Hong Kong, here. I love these roads. Thanks, Elyse.

  3. Superb poem. There are roads, and paths in front of each of us, some of them with name, others without names. We have to choose which path to take. Regards. jalal

    • Thank you. You are so right. I’ll be posting on that topic soon, actually. “The Road Not Taken” is a superb poem by Robert Frost that relates to this topic, and to which we can all relate. Thank you so much for your compliment and for commenting!

  4. You keep amazing me with good writing! :) I enjoy stopping by on your blog, though I have never met you I feel I somewhat know you based on your writings Jessica. It`s pretty neat! :)

    • Thank you, Harald! That is very kind of you. It’s fun to get to know people through their writing. It’s about time I caught up with your blog again, too! Thanks for stopping by. ;)

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