Why Are You Running?

Why are you running? What do you fear?
Is a great evil now drawing near?
Why do you look back, and not ahead?
Is it because of something you dread?
What is that something? Has it a name?
Is it a wild thing, or is it tame?
See its wild sprinting! Feel its hot breath!
It does have a name; its name is Death!
Why bother running, running so fast?
Death will catch up to us all at last.

Poem © 2018 by Magical Mystical Teacher
More Midweek Motif at Poets United: “Running”

Posted on June 6, 2018, in Midweek Motif, Poets United, Rhyming poetry and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I agree but there is some satisfaction in keeping ahead of him for as long as possible.

  2. Yes ….may as well enjoy the moments before the play ends.I think we are very lucky to be able to communicate these things to each other.

  3. Bravo! Well done! This touches a mood I am in today and makes me laugh at myself.

  4. Cant run fast enough to evade its grip. Good one!

  5. I like this. So true, what we fear most and try to run from is death. Makes me think of people I know who follow every new food/medicinal fad. But I guess we do all run, if we can.

  6. So true. Guess what we need to do is enjoy the race.


  7. Oh, I so love this; you’ve structured it beautifully.

  8. Yes, we certainly don’t need to run faster toward death. It will always be there waiting.

  9. kaykuala

    Very reassuring MMT. Yes, it will come when the time comes. Great rhyming Ma’am!


  10. Sometimes it is wise to walk, enjoy the journey!

  11. Well, it is getting nearer with every breath we take. Just enjoying that breath.

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