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   hundreds of feet on the line,

everyone thinking the same thing;

WHY?

itsy-bitsy uniforms - freezing cold temperatures,

WHY?

almost twenty minutes of torture

WHY?



the gun goes off

a hundred girls fighting for the same place -

first

Okay, all right so far, haven't fallen yet

here it comes, it looks bigger than before,

the hill.

WHY?



push hard now, it can't last forever,

can it?

think of good things

chinese food, chocolate chip cookie dough,

christian slater, caramellos,

WHY??



the hill's over, now relax, run hard

who is that screaming my name?

is someone coming up behind me?

don't give up now, just run

WHY???



this hurts, I want to stop

am I almost done?

wait, I remember this

yes, I'm almost done - now run

200 yards to go

no one in front of me

can I stop now?

not yet, almost there

WHY????



listen to the people scream

don't think about the pain

I'm done - it's over - I won

Oh, that's why.




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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