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Barefoot

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   Today I ran barefoot. It's the only way to run. You don't know freedom until you've run without shoes. Without soles weighing you down. Or laces tying you back. Run without inhibitions.

   Today I ran down hills and across busy streets. Feet pounding against hot asphalt. Running through cool, damp, grass. Balancing on curbs. And jogging along walls .

   Today I ran down crowded sidewalks, shoes in hand, not returning glances. Silent questions hang heavy in the air. They watch me as I make my way down the street. I zig-zag past trash bins and over recycle bins. The hurdles of city life.

   Today I cut across lawns. Made my way through parking lots. Past schools, silent, empty for the summer. Ran past yards with inflatable pools and grills waiting to be lit. Through hopscotches drawn in chalk. Pink dust clinging to my feet.

   Today I ran barefoot. Ignoring snide remarks and odd stares. I just ran. Leaving everything...pain, sadness, fear... far behind. With nothing to slow me down. Nothing to hold me back. No boundaries. Today I ran barefoot and for those moments I flew free.

   
Dunno'...just thoughts...

Might find it's way to scraps.
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dougiezerts's avatar
I've heard it said that the athletic shoe industry makes false claims that it's better to wear shoes while running, just so that people will buy their shoes!  Do you agree with this?
KurvyKate's avatar
I run barefoot too sometimes but it's only possible cross country.  Soft squishy mud feels fantastic.  Tarmac rips my feet to bits in seconds!
dougiezerts's avatar
I'll bet it would be nice to run/walk/stand barefoot in mud!:)
KurvyKate's avatar
You mean you haven't tried it?

Here's a challenge..............

Walk into town with a box, find a post office then put your shoes and socks in the box and mail it to yourself.  Then walk home barefoot, with no choice.  You'll learn soooooo much about yourself, courage, confidence, kinkiness, your spiritual connection with the Earth, as in planet, under your feet!
Otaku3333's avatar
Wow! I love this! I would love to read more of your fine poetry. :love:
OctoberAzriel's avatar
Otaku3333's avatar
You are so welcome! :tighthug:
skycladarts's avatar
and lovely thoughts too :D my favourite way of running!
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Nameless-please's avatar
Can't say that I agree more, (though my mother never lets me run barefoot outside unless I sneak, and then I feel guilty...sometimes)
becursed's avatar
This is amazing. It should never go i scraps.
Nameless-please's avatar
I like your signature, It's hilarious and I'm so using it one my horse/unicorn loving friend!!
becursed's avatar
Haha, thanks so much!
sifie14's avatar
How very strange, today decided to ride barefoot, I don't know if people noticed, i had been wearing sandels, but every word in this piece sort of narrows down what i felt, though I wou love to go and run, I have other things...I might just pluck a day to run and smell the flowers.

Thank you for inspriring me.
Hi,
Your work is brilliant. Unfortunately, a blogger Sourav Pandey has copied your work and posted it as his original piece on his blog. I deduced that he's the one copying rather than you because his post is dated 13th april 2011, while yours mentions the date as june, 2009.
here's the link: [link]
Please take due action against such plagiarism.
Regards,
A Concerned Writer
OctoberAzriel's avatar
Thank you so much for taking the time to notify me of this. Thanks to you the matter has been dealt with. Your help is much appreciated. :hug:

~Tober
Hey, it is a beautiful post...jus wanted to let you know that this post has been copied and posted by someone under their name...
heres the link... [link]

regards..
OctoberAzriel's avatar
Thank you so much for taking the time to notify me of this. Thanks to you the matter has been dealt with. Your help is much appreciated. :hug:

~Tober
101dewdrop's avatar
:D that is pretty much what I do! Except that I slightly suck at running >.<
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