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Mind Over Matter

Beads of perspiration
form at my brow--
the liquid salt
rolls down the side
of my face,
passing over
my temples and
picking up speed
before plunging
into the hollows
beneath my cheekbones. 

My muscles quiver
as fatigue burns
a path into my limbs,
igniting flames
that pulse through
my body with 
I take in big gulps of air 
to satisfy the ache
in my lungs
and push forward,
repeating to myself 
a single phrase 
over and over again:
Mind over matter.
Mind over matter.
Mind over matter.

Copyright © Katie Telling

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  1. Date: 9/10/2012 7:05:00 AM
    A fine description! Some say "No matter... never mind"...Terry

  1. Date: 7/27/2012 7:41:00 AM
    excellent! you've really captured that feeling before a competitive event (or that's what it sounded like to me). great poem!