Nostalgic Neighborhood Run

A cold day

Windy

Breath in and out

A run

Around what once was

I remember

.

Starting out

Past the trees

Green in autumn

Red in summer

Where apple scent

Falls around me

Mingling with

Cigarette smoke

.

Running onwards

Blowing wind

Around my ears

The blue sky

Above the soccer park

Empty of early Wednesday

Planes

From the back of

Old

Baby blue

Trucks

.

I remember

Going down the lanes

Down the smells

Of laundry detergent

Barbeque sauce

And macaroni and cheese

Mingling

In a heady scent

.

Past the homes

The wind whips

Across the dry hills

Covered in prickly cactus

Whistling through the thorns

.

Cars in the lot hiking car lot

My troop leader’s

My mother’s

My neighbor’s

My friend’s

.

Down the streets

Homeward bound

Passing

People I’ve seen

Before

In prior years

.

I remember when

I remember

When time

Collides

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