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Adaptable  We ran in the rain even though our shoes squished and hindered,  pounds of excess burden laced around soggy feet as if trudging miniature water tanks below the ankles, trapping our freedom to move with agility, with ease.  We could have called it quits, huddled under a tree  until the torrent dissolved into a drizzle, could have cowered in our car, prissy as teacup dogs afraid to get their paws wet. But we ran, laughing as makeup stung our eyes, rendered blind, black dripping into our vision and pooling below in raccoon masks.  Sure our pace slowed as our intention adapted— just keep moving— but it didn’t matter, just like it doesn’t matter that I had to eat a different kind of cereal this morning, choice robbed by an empty box.  We crossed the finish line together. I don’t feel like this poem belongs to me. It belongs to my mom and my friends. It belongs to you and your struggles. We’re all in this thing called life, living parallel to one another, at times crisscrossing paths as we do our best to navigate the turns. I implore you, don’t lose sight of where you’re headed. Sometimes eating something new for breakfast can be a welcome change. The key is to recognize the opportunity to seize the deliciousness of the moment.

–Leanne Rebecca



Poetry and music.

10 thoughts on “Adaptable

  1. I like the way you throw the cereal in there at the end. I hate running (and don’t do it), but the poem is about so much more than running, and as usual, you’ve done a great job with the medium and the message.

  2. Great poem and inspiring words afterwards. I particular enjoyed your “deliciousness of the moment”. Thanks for dropping by my poetry. I will check more of yours out.

  3. I wanted more here… do you write short stories too??? you should! this is an excellent start to a novel, novella, whatever…. 🙂

  4. Then ending part, the “cereal” that was fun, even through me off guard. Nice. And nice after prologue you wrote about the unity of family and friends.

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