An Ode to Trail Running by Track Olympian Alexi Pappas

Trails like Stuffed Animals

Stuffed animals are for the lost
and the sad

for the hopeful, the happy
for kid and the dad.

Passed to me
by someone I know

I notice its tufts
beginning to show

sometimes alone
or with a friend

I often imagine
it has no end.

Over time
more wear, more love

unraveling slowly
through push and shove.

With trails like stuffed animals
there’s no rule or should

my nightmares and my dreams
roam free in the woods.

The trail
is my childhood
stuffed animal

it gives and gives
and takes nothing at all.

Photo Courtesy of Alexi Pappas

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