Riley welch is a poet from texas living in colorado. She posts three original poems a week. 

Running

I've always loved
taking the long way home at night
after everyone was asleep
so there wasn't anything I could miss out on either.
And I would roll my windows down
no matter how cold
and sing
and freeze in the night air.
But money lately,
has been dwindling, unfortunately.
That means gas has to feel more like a luxury
than a priority
and so sometimes
when I'm coming home late
on a ten dollar quarter tank
I don't go the long way.
Because I really can't afford it,
at least not tonight.

3/27/2016
Riley Welch

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