I heard about her on the news

dead at 57,

three years younger than I am today,

a runner who broke the records,

blazed the trail for other women

who ran behind her.

At 60 I am not interested in running but only

in moving gracefully without pain.

I dream about running,

about moving freely and gracefully with the wind

as she did.

But I am a mother, rooted to earth, not born to fly

and so

I listen and admire

and continue on my earthbound way

while she soars

into the next adventure.


About grannysu

storyteller, writer, poet, gardener, countrywoman
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8 Responses to Grete

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  2. Kay Salady says:

    Beautiful retrospect. Thank you!

  3. JL Dodge says:

    Love that line

    But I am a mother, rooted to earth, not born to fly

    memorable !
    Happy rally

  4. meiro says:

    I think I have to follow you “moving gracefully” at my 57

    Great piece.
    Here is mine :

  5. Mitu says:

    beautifully conveyed……..absolutely loved it 🙂

  6. grannysu says:

    Thank you, Mitu. She was an inspiring woman.

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