Cherokee Maiden

Date: 3/11/2008 4:30 PM
Type: Long
Course: TKD Loop
Distance: 5.21 miles
Duration: 1:00:20
Pace: 11:06 / mile
Shoe: Asics
Weight: 🙂
Weather: Overcast
Notes: Wow. I thought I ran a better pace.
Statistics: Calories: 728
VO2 Max: 27.1

I was really surprised that I ran so slowly.  Wow.  I thought I was flying. 

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So, I’m about 3 miles in, when Cherokee Maiden, by Merle Haggard comes on my playlist.  I start bawling, sobbing, snot running down my face and singing out loud–all during the run.  Seriously, I was glad that there weren’t a LOT of drivers going by, but I’m sure the ones who saw me thought I was losing it.  I was.

Back in 1978, I met a boy.  Married him in 1994, and ended up in court with him this morning, getting near the end of our marriage.  It didn’t end well.  Mostly I was saddened at how this journey went.  We have great kids.  Always will.

Back story:  In 1978, we would sit outside the AGR (Alpha Gamma Rho) fraternity at Fresno State, and sing sappy country songs.  Clay and Rick (who has since passed away) were loud, partying, and fun.  I remember them singing Cherokee Maiden.  A lot.  

So, when this came on today, I ached.  I hurt.  I sobbed.  Loudly.

Running is my best salve right now, though.  I’m grateful.

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found poems

This goes out to CTG for the found poems lesson.  WOW.

This poem is from Epitaph for a Peach, by David Mas Masumoto (page 120)

edit:  David Mas Masumoto commented on this post!

Our class made this poem: 

TREAT

A cloud of peach perfume

devour

Second Helping:  patient, selective

Searching overripe ones

I’m eyeing

each

time

I

Pass…

peaches:  fully exposed

ground is different underneath

more sandy; sides exposed

Summer Heat

Family Gathers

I reach and pick a gushy

entree.

(2nd period)

suncrest_peach.jpg

 

(3rd period)

ALLURING FLESH

juice dribbling

suck out meat

primeval grin

childish behavior

flesh

dangling

from my teeth

continue stuffing

leaks down my shirt

candylike pulp

feast

celebrate

Beginning of Harvest