run, as fast as you can
reach out,
try to catch her
her bare feet beat
against the dust of the streets
hot and acrid are the embers.

reach out, as far as you can
hands straining
try to catch her
what will you grasp?
her hard-pounding heart
or the hems of her skirts,
rippled Eden –

run faster,
crave the touch
the smell,
the feel, the taste of her
to have her again
or never again
complete or destroy:
run faster.