Gil Scott Heron, “Running”

Because I always feel like running

Not away, because there is no such place

Because, if there was I would have found it by now

Because it’s easier to run, 

Easier than staying and finding out you’re the only one who didn’t run

Because running will be the way your life and mine will be described

As in “the long run”

Or as in having given someone a “run for his money”

Or as in “running out of time”

Because running makes me look like everyone else, though I hope there will ever be cause for that

Because I will be running in the other direction, not running for cover

Because if I knew where cover was, I would stay there and never have to run for it

Not running for my life, because I have to be running for something of more value to be running and not in fear

Because the thing I fear cannot be escaped, eluded, avoided, hidden from, protected from, gotten away from, 

Not without showing the fear as I see it now

Because closer, clearer, no sir, nearer

Because of you and because of that nice

That you quietly, quickly be causing

And because you’re going to see me run soon and because you’re going to know why I’m running then

You’ll know then

Because I’m not going to tell you now



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