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Don't you go thinkin' and thinkin' and thinkin.'
Steve Forbert's song resonates in my mind
As I lace up my shoes.
My mind races
To places I don't want to go.
Thoughts crash against each other
Scrambling, screeching, scraping.
I start out slowly
Yearning for release from the clamor
Ricocheting in my head.
Unexpected surprises welcome me
Reds, oranges, and yellows
As my feet hit the pavement.
Dot front porches;
Swing from trees.
Thinkin' and thinkin' and thinkin.'
Breathe in, breathe out
The rhythm soothes me
One foot in front of the other.
Breathe out, breathe in
Again and again and again.
Soon, the cadence of my breathing and
The pounding of my shoes
Drown out the cacophony in my head.
Peace gently nestles in,
Calming the storm in my soul.