Running Poem R040

Ten mile “lost in Anchorage”
Impromptu run –
Was beautiful and fun




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

This was at the start of my full family vacation this fall on an Alaskan cruise. We flew into Anchorage, Alaska, for a night’s stay before departing for the cruise ship the next day in Seward.

With time to kill that afternoon, I look a quick look at a map of Anchorage and planned a simple rectangular route run, with grid 90 degree turn detours if I saw anything interesting along the way and wanted a closer look. Problem was I saw a long path in the woods and took it. In it, the trees were tall enough I couldn’t see the mountains to find my bearings. Then I saw the sea and headed toward that, with more paths that eventually ran out and I had to find my way back into Anchorage.

I did stop to ask directions a few times, unlike some guys, and I got back fine. It was a gorgeous run with lots of beautiful sites I captured in taking my iPhone in case I really got lost, but also to take pictures of the spectacular landscape with the sun sort of setting in the second half of my run. It didn’t really set till almost 10 pm but it was low enough on the horizon for a nice effect at about 7 pm.

Very beautiful and memorable run all in all. And about 10 miles with all of the detours. I had planned on about 6 and a quarter miles or 10K. 🙂

One thing about the poem. It could have been structured as a haiku, but I opted for the rhyme scheme at the break that would not make it a haiku. 🙂

The R-series poems were composed while I was out running, in an effort to find time for writing in a life that is always getting busier.


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