We can spend our whole lives with stilted gaits,
stumbling walks, clumsy feet kicking our own ankles
Time, (years) till if we are lucky we fall into our rhythym, rolling forward with smooth movements, seamless. The insides of my shoes are lined with scuff
The first time I read A Separate Peace, I fell in
love with Phinny. It was his walk that did it for me,
the way it rolled in fluid motion, wavelike, so that
it could not be called bouncing and not striding and
not walking or running. A form of locomotion above
and beyond, somewhere near graceful dance. I don't
remember the words that were used. I just remember
the picture I saw, health on the move.
I remember sun, and running across the lawn
far behind everyone, lagging, losing the race.
Some glorious days I'd hit a stride,
a sailing legs stretched soaring stride, and I knew
that was the way I was designed to be. This was
the way bodies were meant to behave, our running turned
to air, flying midleap.