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walking the wrong way

yelling in my head

you are walking the wrong way

going with the crowd

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • This reminds me of the sign in the pool that talks about the proper way to swim laps when you share a lane with someone. No one in the pool ever swims that way. Not even me. But when I pause at the end of the lane, I always look up at the sign and wonder why the lifeguard never enforces it.

  • That makes working out quite confusing!

    LOVE your haiku. As fireflytrails said, it’s a wise tribute to a crazy sign.

  • Your haiku is a wise tribute to a crazy sign. Makes me curious, and a little rebellious, too. Glad you had a good trip!

  • I have a photo on my blog you should check out – there is a note on the cement that says “stay on the path” and I obviously haven’t.

    • Oh, I have to see that. And get caught up on your blog.

  • Ha ha – Somehow this reminds me of a scene from a movie (Midnight Cowboy Midnight Run maybe?) where an American drug smuggler is imprisoned in another country and the prisoners walk in circles for extended periods of time in the dark…exercise is daunting enough, can’t we try to keep a little humanity in it? I think I’d be inclined to skip backwards…

  • Definitely too much for me to keep track off – clockwise or counterclockwise? first half or last half of the hour? Good excuse to read a book and not walk at all!

  • I am with Elsie and wonder why? Thanks for an enlightening haiku and I can envision myself yelling in my head too. 🙂 (Glad you enjoyed your trip.)

    • Thank you kim. And I am very glad to be home.

  • jen

    I apologize in advance, but this made me laugh. I could hear the frustration. Mine bursts out of me when the walkers are on the bike path, or small children are on their little bikes going the wrong way on the walking path! I really enjoyed this!

  • Paul

    Pamela’s haikus

    each line sits, waits, weighted with


    • and no punctuation
      are they suppose to
      any ?

  • What’s this reasoning? People wearing out the track one way? People getting dizzy? So does everyone do a turn about at the half hour mark?
    I like your haiku, it makes me think.

    • Yes, at half past the hour, you have to change directions. I don’t know why they do this. The srtuggle between keeping peace or speaking up.