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How can you know when you run? (inspired by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: ‘How can you run when you know?)

By dlindorff - Posted on 31 August 2016

What are we running from?

Where are we going?


My feet hurt, but I don’t have time to rub them

Or cool them in a stream.

Like a deer,

Leaping old barbed wire, and new


I bound over smoldering fires


Always cautious, always anxious for the herd.

I’m like an old dog


Showing that I still have it in me

To run and run and run.

Always, always away.

I can barely see the city rushing past.


I have wings on my feet.

My sight skims over the bones of things.

I see too much.

I smell the fear . . .


But I keep running.

I see the future like a slow-motion wave

Before which I am flying,

Before the crash and foam.


What message am I carrying

From god to impotent god?

What silver-winged flight have I achieved

Leaping from mist-draped ledge to fog to cloud...


For the rest of this new poem by GARY LINDORFF, poet in residence at ThisCantBeHappening!, the uncompromised, collectively run, five-time Project Censored Award-winning online alternative news site, please go to:


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