run

Posted: 12/25/2011 in house of blues, house of women

when i was little

i would play until the sun was gone,

and then i’d hear something

behind me comin on.

i told myself then,

run, girl,

run for your life;

run fast and never look back…

run for your life.

~

the same hand that you reach for

can be the one that knocks you down

and when you can’t breathe

that ain’t love

that ain’t love.

just when i think it’ll all be all right,

that’s when i feel something

right behind me comin on.

i tell myself then,

run, girl,

run for your life;

run fast and never look back…

don’t blink once

and don’t think twice,

girl, run,

run for your life.

 

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Comments
  1. hedgewitch says:

    This must be my whole problem–i can’t run worth a flip. Spooky and unsettled feel to this–but that’s par for the course with coal.

  2. Mama Zen says:

    I agree with Hedge; this is unsettling.

  3. Self-preservation is so instinctive that one may feel the presence of danger on a cognitive level.. and run to avoid it. Isn’t love, or placing yourself in the hands of one you love, in fact counter-instinctive since we place ourselves in emotional danger and fight the urge to run for our lives?

  4. Sharon Weir says:

    I loved this poem. I felt my heart racing, running for my own life. Very successful.

  5. Heaven says:

    I feel like I was running in my nightmare..Nice one ~

  6. I can feel this on a visceral level, even though my fears were always imaginary. Very well done!

  7. a great ominous feel to this piece – the running – the subconscious and visceral elements – the idea of darkness – in the sun gone and the blinking – the repetition was well executed too and added to the effect! this is very apt – “the same hand that you reach for
    can be the one that knocks you down” – the nature of heart-things – great job!!

  8. dani says:

    “that ain’t love
    that ain’t love”

    this one gave me shivers!

  9. Peggy Goetz says:

    Compelling and unsettling, sad as well. I like the rhythm and repetition that keeps it flowing.

  10. Helen says:

    ‘House Of Hope’ … in perfect sync with the ominous feel of your poem. Happy New Year Shay.

  11. Ray Sharp says:

    good job, great frantic rhythm, very evocative!

  12. Mary says:

    Wonderfully crafted; intense, unsettling………music!

  13. brian says:

    kinda scary…what happens when you can run no more…nicely played shay….

  14. Janet says:

    Dark, yet soulful. Did you write music for it too?

  15. lolamouse says:

    Intense. “the same hand that you reach for can be the one that knocks you down.” That’s one hard lesson to learn.

  16. touching words,

    the title keeps one in motion.

    Happy New Year.

  17. Your voice is strong. I’m glad you lent it to the Poetry Jam this week.

  18. Margaret says:

    yes, the movement throughout is captivating… run, run, run…

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