The girl is walking with her father,
her hand in his. Rain picking up,
the man quickens a bit. Unsure
how to adjust, the girl tries steps
short and fast. But these have her
surpass him, his arm stretched ahead.
What she does, then, is break her rhythm,
almost stop, at his full stretch of arm
so that she may start again that way,
short and fast, after lagging behind.
She does true her run-steps to his speed.
But the frustration of putting out
so many steps for so little distance
triggers a body-aha that breaks her
from that run-almost-in-place method.
Falling into bigger steps, soon—
albeit with the extra drama of one
testing the waters of something new—
she is in accord with her father’s pace.
Tock tock, rather than ticktickticktick.
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