studying maps, 2

searching for a place to run

for dirt
or grass
or trees

earth that will be
friendly to my
well-used ankles
and knees

i zig and
zag to escape
car exhaust

urban running
tests whether
i still have
my LA lungs or
if i’ve become
accustomed to
a life less smoggy

there are not many
dirt or grassy paths

so i run along
neighborhood streets
find fewer trees and
more cracked concrete
as my feet take me farther
south and east

detaching from
thoughts of speed
i focus on breath
not stopping
connecting to
city around me



studying maps, 1