Run Because You Can
She spies a distant animal.
A dormant power surges.
The joys of hunting and pursual
Arise from primal urges.
“Catch it 'cause you can!”
The doggy lopes in easy strides.
He glances back behind him.
Through streets and grassy lots she plies;
What madness has befallen?
“Run home while you can!”
She’d seen them on the Internet,
The natives stalking prey.
She longed to feel their freedom, yet
The suburbs barred her way.
“Give chase if e’er you can!”
Through streets and grassy lots he ran,
This woman to escape.
What softness had her heart tramped down
For love to turn to hate?
“Find pity if you can!”
Alighting on the wild beast,
Her gentle heart awoke.
What? A frightened doggy ceased
A desert chase to evoke.
“Make friends of all you can!”
Jim says, "Her inspiration for this poem was seeing on the Internet an enactment of a savage running down (or attempting to run it down, I don't know how it ended) an antelope. Her thoughts were that, 'I can't do that, run down a wild beast.' Then in her thoughts or dreams she saw this dog running through the neighborhood and she gave chase. The poem takes up there."
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