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Janice Lynch Schuster


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January we start to train
for the May marathon
we have come to love:
swell of pink walkers
flooding DC streets,
graham crackers at reststops
cowbells and crowds
a notion of common purpose,
our tired feet counterbalanced
by our good friends.
 
January, the cold will slice us
but we will turn our faces
just so to the sun, the wind
will not deter us, we will be warmed
by each other and our floating
talk—recipes and reminiscences,
what the summer held,
where winter might go, a house
that catches our eye, a bathroom—
we will be good for it
and each other.
We have no destination
but that.
 
© by Janice Schuster.
Used with the author’s permission.
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Janice Lynch Schuster lives near Annapolis, Maryland, where she is Senior Writer for Altarum Institute, a nonprofit health care research and consulting organization. Author of one poetry chapbook and two non-fiction books (her Handbook for Mortals won the 2012 American Medical Writers Association award for best book for the public), Janice's poetry has appeared in various print and online publications and her articles and op-ed pieces appear frequently in the Washington Post. Mother of six, Janice says she finds "working out, mastering the body, inspires me to create poetry--mastering the language and the mind. I haven't mastered either yet," she admits, "but I keep trying."


Post New Comment:
wendy morton:
Such a lovely celebration of the ordinary.
Posted 01/11/2013 11:07 AM
laurasalas:
Terrific! Great meaning/emotion grounded in concrete details. Love that!
Posted 01/11/2013 06:40 AM
Eiken:
Living in the moment, mindful writing, wonderful :) Maire
Posted 01/11/2013 04:16 AM


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