The Long Run

Don’t run ahead she said
stay beside me
run when I run
walk when I walk

But I ran ahead
because it was easier
and when I looked back
I could not see her

She was so angry
that I ran ahead
but perhaps she feared
that night was coming

She knows I will run ahead
into the gloaming.
And when I look back
I will not see her.

I will learn to run beside her.
But one day we will stumble
and I will run on ahead
into the long night.

Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is The New York Times bestselling author of the novels Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Coraline, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains; the Sandman series of graphic novels; and the story collections Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, and Trigger Warning. He is the winner of numerous literary honors, including the Hugo, Bram Stoker, and World Fantasy awards, and the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States. He is Professor in the Arts at Bard College.

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