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The Lord's of Long Distance

written by: Tim Gardiner

@timgardiner3

 

Kilometre One

stampede...
can't see the wood
for the runners

Kilometre Two

old pasture...
we jump ant hills
to find the racing line

Kilometre Three

brief view
from the hillock...
parakeet

Kilometre Four

the herd thins...
in the shade
deer rest

Kilometre Five

heron pond...
an egret resists
the urge to dive in

Finish

fistful of tokens...
a parkrun marshal
quick on the draw

 

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:

For a long distance runner, a pilgrimage to Bushy parkrun in West London, is like a visit to Lord's for a cricket fan; a special experience. The weekly series of five kilometre parkruns began in Bushy Park in 2004 with just 13 runners (founder Paul Sinton-Hewitt and 12 disciples). There are now over 1400 parkrun courses across the world with millions having run at least once. On my visit to Bushy Park in June 2019, I composed the following sequence of seven haiku poems from start line to finish funnel where the tokens are given out. They provide a snapshot of this parkland course and what it's like to run at the spiritual home of long distance running.

Tim Gardiner

Tim Gardiner

Dr Tim Gardiner is an ecologist, poet and children's author from Manningtree in Essex, UK. His haiku have been published in literary magazines including Frogpond, Modern Haiku and The Heron's Nest. His first collection of haiku, On the Edge, was published in 2017. Tim's debut children's book, The Voyage of the Queen Bee, was published by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2016.
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