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A rhythm on repeat   
Exhaustion heavy 
Impossible to admit defeat 
Nor to succumb to the pain 
Winner is not a title for the weak; 
Every action with immense prudence 
Adrenaline surging 
The comfort of the texture 
Beneath my fingertips 
Suppressed all that wasn't 
The hoop or the ball 
Endorphins pervade and taken me aflight 
Floating, the rim vastly wider 
The length of court shortened 
Sweat dripped 
Poured from my face 
Intensifying, heating the air 
Humility all I can taste 
As I struggled for my breath 
My mind pensive on committing 
All my energy to be left 
Here on the floor 
My escape, my addiction 
Where I can leave myself behind
The only love i can call mine

Copyright © Alecia Henderson

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