Epidemic

A woman ran along a dirt road.
Birds kept up with her tree to tree.

Her faded threadbare togs
contrasted with her brand new running shoes.

Just about everyone in the county
had seen her one place or another.

Her olympic tryout was a topic of conversation
and it made the local news broadcast.

Caught between ambition and poverty
a crowd-funding page was opened in her name.

The county was so behind her.
The town drunks gave up a few beers for the cause.

We kept ourselves hopeful and cheerful
associating her success as our own.


copyright © 2020 Kenneth P. Gurney

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