you joke about the things that really mean the most
from the ice cream truck
to the Hazel child
to the one you never knew

and she runs through your mind
like the time we ran for the prize
on the other side
only when we got there,
it was already gone

but the difference is
she runs faster than you can
and you can't see her past
so you have to imagine her future
and it isn't with you

running was never your strong point.