she left the men and the trail behind long ago

yet she continued her frantic pace

across the desolate plain

narrowly avoiding jagged chunks of dead rock

that threatened her footing

she was starving for water

as was the terrain

there was no green to be seen

as she ran she kept her eyes on the high tops of the redwoods

hoping they meant water was nearby

the air she was inhalingย in great, greedy gulps

was burning and drying her mouth and nostrils

surely the dark ones were no longer following

but she couldn’t risk stopping

she staggered on even after

the sharp brittle fingers of dead, black bushes

slashed and scarred her face and legs

she slipped and stumbled, floundering for footing

a great dread possessed her as she tumbled

over the snarled edge of the ridge


into what?

all her weary eyes could make out was darkness

and then came the searing pain

then nothing-

~Melanie Thomason



Filed under Poetry

3 responses to “run

  1. Wow, you are determined to leave us wanting. Two poems today and two endings that make the reader goโ€ฆWHAT? If they were written on paper, I would flip them over to see if there was more on the backs. Excellent poem.

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ As I hit the button to post this I said to Brian…Gigi is going to kill me…2 poems in one day with no real resolution or ending ๐Ÿ™‚

      Glad you enjoyed it even if I am frustrating ๐Ÿ˜€

      โค ya!

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