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  • Gary Hunter

They Keep Getting Shorter - Dec. 31, 2022

our dog walks

once skirting the golf course

both sides of the creek

all around Sunny Dunes

up and down Palm Canyon Drive


have become the same

square block of sidewalk

every morning

a short track for seniors

that used to marathon


and after dinner

it’s 150 slow feet

on a good afternoon

50 if we’re tired


the three of us like to

get off our feet and sit

enjoy the world view

watch it rise and fall

with others in pursuit

of its fast-moving parts


we follow them with our eyes

when they’re not closed

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