06 April 2014

Long Slow Distance


Sundays are all about long
slow distance,
recommends runs by the sea for one,
longest of the week, limb loosening
easy runs for an hour or two
depending on the next race date.

Reading brings long slow
distance as well, immersion
in other lives, other worlds
provides distance from mine,
lets me see it from new
perspectives, mind loosening
easy change, fresh view.

Afternoon delights feeds
long slow distance
in yet another way, travels
of a different kind along
the planes of familiar skin,
far away from days cares toward
soul loosening easy meeting.


Posted for Kenia over at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads who asked us to write about Sundays in our lives. Sundays are favorites for so many reasons...

32 comments:

  1. Seems you have your Sundays all mapped out.

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  2. What wonderful ways to spend Sundays! I don't leave the house much on the weekends, I work long hours throughout the week so I like to spend Sundays in, being unproductive and writing poetry. :)

    Thanks for writing to my challenge, Mary. <3

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    1. Being unproductive is a worthy goal for Sundays.

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  3. A beautiful succession of images, tied together with the ribbon of peace. Lovely, Mary.

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  4. long & slow are two good things about sunday
    that is for sure...i like the repetition of that...
    now if i could get this grad paper done i could enjoy that
    a bit more...smiles.

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    1. Sundays in retirement maybe different.

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  5. I like the pleasant feeling you give to "long, slow distance." It opposes the typical impatient mood that I would tend to get from that statement. Great way to change my mind.

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    1. I learned to love long slow distance while running.

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  6. Love the way all three activities lets you grow and sink into new spaces.

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    1. A great and gracious experience at this age.

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  7. your Sunday poem is lovely and also suited to my Sunday savvy meme, please stop by

    have a nice Sunday

    much love...

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    1. How do I get to it? I'll check it out.

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  8. Ah.. you give me a little bit of bad conscience .. but last sunday I was out on my roadbike.

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    1. Biking is very popular here in Italy, especially on the weekends.

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  9. That would be me, with the book!

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  10. Reading is luxury indeed but I think I was too cryptic with the third verse referring to "afternoon delights" which is my favorite activity!

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  11. Enjoy the long slow distance...a creative way to describe Sunday.

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    1. It's a running term for the long runs in training for the half marathons I run. They're delicious.

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  12. I think I like your Sundays. Running and reading - who would wish for more?

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  13. love the fresh view and afternoon delights....

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  14. I like "soul loosening" at the end. :)

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  15. I remember when I used to take LSD runs. And I still take LSD days with books, like you. I really like this poem, Mary. Thanks for sharing it with me. :-)

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  16. …I long for all those things (just not my time, yet ;)

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    1. If the yearning is there your time will come.

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