Running Partner



Rain on our lips

down the path we run.

Through puddles

not around.


Mud and moss

wind whipped hair

years of words

between breaths of air.


Over roots, between trees

creek waters roll by, unraveling

questions quenched by the miles.


Thoughts uttered within the flow

of movement, vulnerability

not possible in stillness.


Ali Grimshaw – revision of a poem first shared in 2016


18 thoughts on “Running Partner

  1. Love this! I have always thought running was a wonderful place for discussion with another individual. It may seem distant or cold, but there is an ease in having a legitimate reason to not have to look a person in the eye while you talk about big things. Takes a lot of pressure off. I always found it was easiest for me, as a teenager and young adult, to talk with my dad while we ran together. Maybe silly 💚

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    1. I think many people are much more comfortable in conversation side-by-side instead of face-to-face. Something about bringing movement to the recipe seems to make opening up easier. Thank you so much for sharing your response. I’m glad you found the poem relatable.

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  2. This is beautiful, Ali. Such good imagery.

    I’m a runner too and haven’t been able to because of my toe. Grateful for the leanings AND I’m missing it. 💜

    Blessings, Ali, for a great weekend,

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    1. Debbie, I didn’t know that about you. I have had so many wonderful heartfelt conversations with friends while running. I don’t run far but I enjoy the connection with the outside world. May your weekend be blessed with healing. Ali

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      1. Thank you so much, Ali. 🙂 I had a beautiful weekend, I went on a mini spiritual retreat! I hope you had a good weekend as well…full of blessings.

        I sent you an email last week (got it from your blog, I believe). Did you receive it, Ali?

        Lots of loving,

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