Surfing Facebook – Treadmill

Facebook Surfing







I’ve stumbled on

a home-made movie

smiling dad

stands tall behind a treadmill

and his five-year old

his daughter

jogging happily below his craved approval

beaming as she learns her first bad habit.


“Watch this,” Dad says as he speeds treadmill up

then slows—speeds up again with rapid changes

as she sprints, then walks and loses balance as the pace is changed

but regains poise without a stumble

keeping up with pride.

Dad is delighted, proud of what she’s learned.


I want her off of that machine

onto the grass and trees

let her feel free

wind in her hair un-fan blown

sun—no artificial lights

and please God . . . Father

without cell phone

just one early moment in her life

beyond the call of electricity and metal.


No addictions

only time in motion

without goals, logged minutes—distance charted

hours spent on treadmills.

Let her find that for herself

Or not.



About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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