Running Poem R043

Runner racing train
Into Skagway is
Their new tourist attraction

09.05.16

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

This day Alaskan cruise port of call was Skagway, Alaska. I was fidgeting to warm-up before run port of call run while waiting in the security line to get off the ship. The security crew who knew me from yesterday’s exit and return, asked why I was anxious given I had lots of time, even to run to Anchorage and back, in joking reference to my departure line yesterday (see Running Poem R042). I told them I had a train to catch and that I was losing time in line.

They didn’t know what I was talking about so they asked what train? To which I replied the tourist one that left at 830 this morning, to a chorus of laughs. They then told me it should be back soon as it was just a day tour, I then told them that I’d be looking to catch it out in the wild and race it home then, to another chorus of laughs… except I wasn’t joking, though I didn’t expect them to know.

I ran out of the little town of Skagway and sure enough, a few miles out, I heard a train whistle. Judging from when I saw it to when it got to me, I figured I could give it a serious race, and I did, as captured in the notes for Cruise Poem C40. I’ll let you read it there. 🙂

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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