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Poem by Alexi Pappas: A Return to a Familiar Running Route

The mountains are calling.

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This poem was inspired by a return run to the mountains with her Alexi Pappas’s idols, Desi Linden and Deena Kastor.

When We Return

Nobody wonders
if the mountains will be there
when we return.

They’ll be there

waiting
seasonally decorated

wondering what new we
will bring with us

in the form of new friend,
or new haircut—

the mountains notice
and hear us when we say

they look grander than when we were last here
I wonder if they feel the same way

about us.