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Her mind is restless.
She is living with a sense of foreboding that she finds difficult to escape.
the welcome release valve,
the essential respite,
the place to gather thoughts and make sense of things.
Running gives a woman positive bodily integrity.
The sheer act tells the story of how a woman won’t be controlled
by restrictive laws or narrow thinking
that seeks to put her in her “place”
or shames her into choices
that someone else is making for her and her life.
She controls the pace because it is her race to run.
So why run?
Run to stay empowered.
To remain a free and self-determined woman.
And what is she training for?
Day 14: This poem has pieces from a post of mine “Freedom of Movement” that I wrote on November 6, 2015- the year before election night. I must have had a sense that changes were approaching. In reality, they were already underway; the widgets were set in place in the 1980’s. 2016 was the beginning of the overt onslaught.