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The Run

The Run

I’m scared out of my mind,
Two mile cross country race,
My nerves are uncontrollable,
It’s indescribable,

It’s the day of the race,
It takes a team to win,
What if I lose this for them?
It’s indescribable,

I’m called to the starting line,
My teammates are supporting,
My coaches remind me of how hard I’ve worked,
I’ve earned this,

A man holds up a false gun,
The shot rings in my ears,
My steps form into strides,
I’ve earned this,

Tap, tap, tap, tap, and my Nike shoes hit the grass,

My feet fly across the ground,
My pink spikes grip into hills,
Any remaining tension fades,
I’ve earned this,

Tap, tap, tap, tap,

Wind hits me in the face,
Cold tears stream down my cheeks,
My legs ache,
I push through,

Tap, tap, tap, tap,

My fragile ankle throbs,
My breathing comes too fast,
My side hurts,
I push through,

Tap, tap, tap, tap,

My mind will not shut up,
I wish I could turn it off,
It’s telling me to stop,
I can’t,

Tap, tap, tap, tap,

My ankle threatens to give,
My muscles are cold and stiff,
Maybe I should stop,
I can’t,

Tap, tap, tap, tap,

I’ve already finished a mile,
Six minutes and thirty seconds,
Pain is temporary, victory is forever,
I give all I have,

Tap, tap, tap, tap,

Three quarters to go now,
My legs are numb from the cold,
I feel like I could run forever,
I give all I have,

Tap, tap, tap, tap,

My mind is finally silenced,
I’m in a groove as I approach the finish,
I lengthen my strides until I’m sprinting,
I’m almost there,

Tap, tap, tap, tap,

Cheers erupt from the crowd,
What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger,
I chant that when I’m tempted to stop,
I’m almost there,

Tap, tap, tap, tap,

I’ve passed the line and my tag’s ripped off,
10th place with a personal record,
Thirteen minutes and thirty five seconds,
I made it,

I’m the fifth Charger to finish,
My team congratulates me,
I’m so proud of myself,
I made it,

My energy is gone and I just want to rest,
All that exerted force was well used,
I know I did everything I could,
Victory is indescribable.



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MyFairyTaleEnding said...
Apr. 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm
Thanks for the comment on my ariticle, "Broken"! I read this, and I think it's really good! You sound so eager and sure of yourself! I love how you described yourself being pushed and how nervous you were! GREAT JOB!!! Keep on writing! :D 
 
Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 2, 2010 at 7:30 am
wow, thank you! i'm glad you liked my poem--- i liked your work too :)
 
Kestrel replied...
Apr. 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm
really good!
 
Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 2, 2010 at 8:31 pm
thank you :)
 
MyFairyTaleEnding replied...
Apr. 3, 2010 at 8:41 am
You're sooo very WELCOME! And thank you so much! I'm glad you liked it! Haha I like your work too. :)
 
sunnyhunny This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm
Great job.  I can totally relate to everything because I run cross country too.
 
Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm
cool! im glad you saw this then. thank you for commenting :-)
 
βίωσις said...
Mar. 25, 2010 at 5:19 pm
I must take a sabbatical and muse this poem.
 
Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm
thank you.... i think????
 
cjsweetie said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm
I lovee it very much. wonderful imagery.
 
Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm
:-) thanks, i tried to make it realistic...
 
IAmTheJesusFreak said...
Mar. 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Once again, awsome job! You described it so well, and I could picture it in my mind perfectly. Keep at it!
 
Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 25, 2010 at 5:16 pm
thank you, i liked your story too;-)
 
Hippie_Runner said...
Mar. 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm
yet again sarbear you have gone beyond expectation. although im not good at cross country, i felt that fast speed as i ran the race in your poem. i felt the temporary pain and the numbness in my legs (but in real life i really dont want to race a cold sbc again!). keep writing!! :)
 
Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm
youre not slow! stop saying--you should run with me tomorro!!!!!!!
 
Squishy-SquishThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 7, 2010 at 4:22 pm
I know how you feel in the races. It nice how you explain every step of it. Love it.
 
Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm
Thank you!
 
Breaker! said...
Feb. 27, 2010 at 9:29 am
Your passion for running comes sprinting through this one! Love it! Tap, tap, tap...hopefully this will be the sound of your keyboard as you type yet another amazing poem for us all to be blessed by!!
 
Sarbear This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 25, 2010 at 5:10 pm
thank you!
 
Lola_Sveroski said...
Feb. 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm
Love it. Fast person describing running... Interesting... Lola likes, Lola likes.
 
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