Running Together

Our paths converge on roads we often run
alone.  We run alone until we meet
a friend.  At times the strides of two are one,
and partnerships evolve on lonely streets.
There’s time to speak as miles are passed away
in friendship that is forged from step to step,
and times when we have nothing more to say;
yet silent cadence brings a sweeter depth
to friends, to partners, sharing life and pain.
Our paces mark the seasons, year to year.
We run through searing heat and soothing rain;
we run together long enough to hear
the rise and fall of breath, the beating heart
we miss when paths diverge and we must part.

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