3.1 Miles

February 2, 2011
Legs, arms, mind!
Everything burns with effort.
Feet hitting the ground,
Legs like windmills
In overdrive
Mentally…wearing down
I can’t
I can’t do this
I have to stop
Oh, God!
I have to stop.
Breathing on the verge of
Out of control
In,out in,out deep-breath in,out

Give in the slightest?
And you’re done, you’re
You can’t run a race
When you’re not giving your all.
In, out in, out out in, out
About to crack
Split in half
Break apart into a million pieces
Oh, help me. I have to stop

But still those spikes
Hitting the gravel
Still those burning arms,
Back and forth
Still those burning legs,
Pumping for all they’re
Distant cheers and
Encouraging words
Do not reach my brain
Through this barrier
Of agony

The finish line,
I see it
It’s there
It’s close, no it’s not
But oh, God!
I want to stop lay down
I’m dying
Around the bend
The straightaway
Kick into high mode
Don’t think
Just go.
A blur
It’s all a blur
I only know this one thing,
This one feverish,
This excruciating,
This one unbearable
Moment in

But when those windmills
Cross the line
I know I would
Do it all

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CrazyBeautifulLifee said...
May 24, 2011 at 6:03 pm
This is amazing work, seriously. I wouldn't be surprised if this was published in the magazine. Your description of running was FANTASTIC. Keep it up!
writingcheetah7 replied...
May 25, 2011 at 3:49 pm
oh my gosh thank you so much!!! comments like yours mean a lot to me, i really appreciate it! :)
Shmelmo said...
May 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm
I really like this poem! I love how the layout was because when you read it, it sounds choppy, like your out of breath or running. I run the 400s in track and everyone always asks me why I would want to do that. I too, just shake my head and say, I guess I'm a runner. :)
writingcheetah7 replied...
May 25, 2011 at 3:47 pm
thanks!:D i run track, too! yeah, running can be difficult to describe--is really hard, but really rewarding at the same time:)
PerfectMGymnast This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm
Beautiful!! this was so descriptive!! and i loved the similie and repetition you used!! great job!! :)
writingcheetah7 replied...
Mar. 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm
Thank you so much!! I really appreciate it:)
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