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It’s just a step

To take

A tiny move

To make

But my toes

Feel like lead

And a deep fear

Looms ahead.


I need to make

That lift

Force my heels

To shift

Yet I’m gripped

By paralysis

As I’m trapped in

This stasis.


Space must

Be found

Between my sole

And ground

But my feet

Refuse to bend

Despite the signals

That I send.


I give myself

A push

A shot of

Adrenaline rush

And my feet

Are finally free

Poised and ready

Now to flee.


Then I’m running.


Pavement pounding

Footsteps sounding

Breeze blowing

Hair flowing

Legs shaking

Path snaking

Dirt kicking

Heels clicking

Heart pumping

Soul jumping

Steps lengthening

Body strengthening

Lungs inhaling

Mouth exhaling






One step becomes a pair

Two steps become a mile

As over land I hare

All troubles now erstwhile.



  1. What a fantastic poem – love the rhythm and how it reflects the actions (not that I’d really know, I’m a terrible runner haha). Beautifully written, I am always in awe of those who can write wonderful poetry in rhyme! #KCACOLS

    • Thanks for your really lovely comment – I’m a terrible runner too (extremely ungainly) but this was supposed to inspire me 😉 thanks for reading x

  2. Brilliant poem. Running is a bit like that, a moment of dread and difficult to start but when you’re going it gets easier and when your done your glad you did it! Thanks for linky to #abrandnewday

  3. I’ve shared this on Twitter but don’t know your handle off the top of my head to link you to it xxx #abrandnewday

  4. This is so clever! I love how it is constructed so that when the running picks up so does the pace of the poem. I need to remember this next time I run – or, at least, try to! Thank you for linking to Prose for Thought x

  5. Oh wow, what a fantastic poem! I love the pace and I actually felt out of breath inside after I’d finished it reading. I’m going to add this to my best reads 🙂 #abrandnewday

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