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How to Walk Slowly

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The family is here.

We go for a walk today,

string out along the trail

then spring back together 

to recuperate in the shade.

Normally, I hike quickly.

My goal is to get to the gleaming

lake, or the cold, clean-cut peak, 

then begin my structured revels.

There is a process for this.

Today, though, my grandmother and I

walk slowly.

There are several ways to walk slowly:

regally, with measured paces, 

lazily, with loose hips and soft ankles, and

perhaps another: leaning forward, arms

swinging, heels solid. 

My grandmother and I walk lazily.

I feel the rock in my shoe, notice the valleys

scoring my grandmother's face, and feel

the sun embracing my arms.

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