Michael Walker

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A Morning Run. - Poem by Michael Walker

I was given some hurry-up by some women on a power walk,
having to sprint ahead of them to save face; gliding easily
down Golf Road that bisects the Titirangi Course I thought,
'I never made much progress in that pedestrian game- too slow.
'All The Road Running', by Mark Knopfler was on my mind
when a man stopped his car to ask the way to the clubhouse;
it was a pleasant pause on the run and so was the greeting
by an elderly man in a suit walking, he said, 'to do shopping'.
Further on another man was intently watching a demolition site.
I noticed his suntan: 'He was probably a builder in another life'.
After that it was all uphill, passing a new retirement village,
which I wanted to keep out of: I never slowed down to a walk.
I strode along a flat easy street to the front door latch,
breathless, but pleased when I glanced at the stop watch.

- 2012. Revised 25 November,2015.

Topic(s) of this poem: sport

Form: Sonnet


Poet's Notes about The Poem

I still get much enjoyment from road running.

Comments about A Morning Run. by Michael Walker

  • Terry Craddock (6/25/2016 7:34:00 PM)


    'After that it was all uphill, passing a new retirement village,
    which I wanted to keep out of: I never slowed down to a walk.
    I strode along a flat easy street to the front door latch,
    breathless, but pleased when I glanced at the stop watch.'

    love the narrative style of this poem, the uphill to the new retirement village is a gem of a line with implied time definitions, the pause to glance at the clock, the end ritual differential adjusting the meaning feelings culminating in a split second summary of differing run routes taken
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/26/2016 4:23:00 AM)


    A power walk! With the muse of the day. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Simone Inez Harriman (11/26/2015 8:54:00 PM)


    The people and situations you pass while you're out there running do conjure up interesting thoughts which make fitness more exciting than in a gym...although stating that I have seen some eyebrow raising situations in the gym...lol. I enjoyed your poem Michael. (Report) Reply

  • (11/25/2015 8:03:00 PM)


    good variation on the list poem, Michael, plus a bit of humour, which goes down well (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/25/2015 7:41:00 PM)


    Wow..so amazing expression we find in this poem. Having glance of stop watch in sport is interesting. Nice sharing...10 (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, December 3, 2015


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