Great run! Listened to headphones and my running playlist. Put it on shuffle:
I’m Going to Go Back There Some Day/Gonzo
Hey Ladies/Beastie Boys
Another One Bites the Dust/Queen
Uptown Funk/Bruno Mars
The Best of Times/Styx
Don’t Dream It’s Over/Crowded House
Hot for Teacher/Van Halen
Learn to Fly/Foo Fighters
Pinball Number Count: 4/The Pointer Sisters
Running with a playlist can feel isolating; I can’t hear or interact as much with the world around me. But sometimes that isolation is necessary and liberating. Today, running with my playlist was great. It put me in this weird, dreamy state. And, when “Baby” by Justin Bieber came on around mile 4, I felt a huge smile spread through me, settling in the top of my head. As I ran, my head tingled, partly from my sweat mixing with the wind and partly from a euphoric feeling of openness and love. A runner’s high, of sorts, complements of Justin Bieber!
After my run, I had fun taking some of the lyrics from the songs on the list and turning them into poems. These are erasure poems, but I’m just posting them straight. For now.
howling in song
listenin’ for the leaves
gently ushered in To a dream of running
through And Across ancient water
2. Cheap Thrills
Come on, come on,
high on the beat
3. I’m Going to Go Back There Someday
I know the way.
midair. flyin’ invisible
not a word
4. Another One Bites the Dust
the sound of feet,
To the sound of the beat
I’m ready, yes, I’m ready
two feet Repeat
And I wanna play anything
Yeah Yeah Yeah
UPDATE:I turned the poems with hidden lyrics. When you hover over the poem, you can see the lyrics. Read them here.