1982 [ Running | Preparing Exile ]


In December I graduate from college,
receive my B.A. in Political Science.
Unknowingly, I’ve prepared myself
for a running leap into unemployment.


My mistakes are catching up:
I’m an emotional and psychological wreck.

The highlight of my year is running
a half marathon. I want to keep running, but stop.

I have the strongest urge to flee.

Mom gives me a trip to the Mainland & a road trip
to visit our relatives on her side of the family.
I want to learn more about our family;
still, it must seem like repudiation to Dad.

I’m realizing slowly it’s a one-way ticket to exile.


Andrew Shattuck McBride
NaPoWriMo ~ 2013 | My Day 17
April 27, 2013

About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to 1982 [ Running | Preparing Exile ]

  1. Wow! A half-marathon?! The running motif is terrific here.

  2. Thank you Jennifer!
    Yes. Well, it *was* in 1982.
    31 years ago? Wow.
    Cheers, Andy

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