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A Shift Most Perceptible

Inspired by the word “shift” per Monday’s dVerse quadrille poetry prompt, hosted by Mish.

I’m running

Nature’s carpet cushions knees

Stride relaxed yet swift

Breathing measured

Feeling exhilarated


Dream shifts to reality

Stepping out into the Quebec spring morning

hat, gloves and jacket – necessary

No soft paths

Unforgiving asphalt

breathing, ragged


Dream not reality

But will be, soon








88 thoughts on “A Shift Most Perceptible

  1. Asphalt is so unforgiving, concrete is even worse. You need that dirt, those leaves. blue skies to accelerate and exhilarate. Shapeshifting times four. Excellent verse and photos.

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    • Yes, this is true. That’s why I love to run part of my run through a park. It’s gravel and dirt so way more forgiving. Blue skies definitely encourage more than grey! I like that. And thank you, my friend.

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  2. Q

    You have become a runner me lady and I’m so proud of you for always going back to it. You’ve had many challenges and yet, you saw your way through each one of them and came out on the other side even more determined. That’s what running is all about. It’s the one habit you can hold to and love it.

    You encapsulated it in this piece so beautifully.


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  3. Your dream is right around the corner Dale. I love your photos. Even though the asphalt isnโ€™t fun to run on, it still takes you through a beautiful area.

    But the first running routeโ€ฆIโ€™d have to drag a beach chair along with me just to sit on that path and enjoy my surroundings.

    Ragged breathing? A nice glass of wine will cure that!

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    • You’re right, Ginger. I know it will be here before I know it. Asphalt is less enjoyable when it’s along the road – but I choose the quieter ones!

      That first route is a park I discovered quite by accident. I go there every chance I get. It’s not very long but, no matter the season, I love it.

      Well guess what? I took care of that this very evening with a girlfriend! Dinner and a glass of wine plus a couple hours of catching up. That will cure most ills…


  4. I always feel exhilarated getting out and about in Winter to exercise, but I’ve never been a runner. That being said, I absolutely get the dream-reality quality in working out. Love the photo of the asphalt “cutting through” the otherwise snowy landscape. If I was running, I’d probably run in the snow!๐Ÿ˜€

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    • It’s great, really. I’ve taken more than my share of walks in winter – and in much colder temps (though, it seems as the years move on, I appreciate it less and less – the cold). I even got myself some snowshoes and might actually get a chance to use them!
      Glad you enjoy the asphalt shot (it’s actually an entrance to a park ๐Ÿ˜‰ No, running in the snow is too dangerous, for me. You don’t know if there is ice beneath! Of course, if you wear crampons, you need not worry. I ain’t there. Nor will I ever be!

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  5. Your dream is reality and your poem is wonderful. Little by little, Quebec will improve the weather and open the world to you, Dale, a runner (photographer, writer, poet, uplifting person, and more).

    I no longer can run. But I remember. And I confess to a wee bit of envy for the running, not for the weather. ๐Ÿ™‚ Run on, m’lady.

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  6. The soft gentle carpets of nature do not arrive here until Autumn. Right now we’re squelching in mud one day frozen rock hard ice the next, summer brings baked hard earth or wet clawing mud ….I long for Autumn mists and carpets of leaves.
    That said I loved your thoughts and your photos ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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    • For the purposes of my write… ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I do run on a gravel path, which is way softer than asphalt. And THAT right now is muddy and yucky.
      Thank you, Willow ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก

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  7. There are signs of spring coming even there in the changing light. There is definitely a switch. Walking or running, it’s great to be outside. Good for you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    (I don’t like the cold wind or icy conditions, but I find a walk/run is so much better when it’s a little cool.)

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    • Dear Rochelle,

      Thank you, dear friend. I actually did dream that first part ๐Ÿ™‚

      Shalom and lotsa appreciative love,



  8. Love the contrast you created here. I can relate to the reality of winter clinging on past it’s welcome, but I applaud you for running in any weather. Here’s to Spring!

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    • Thank you, Mish. I felt that today, let me tell you! I went for a walk and while in the woods, was great but as soon as I went to the outskirts next to the field? brrr!


    • Yes. It rained all day today so I am watching the snow disappear. Not displeased, tell you what! Of course, that means my other gravel trails will still be amuck but I am hopeful.


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