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Run for Fun - A Poem for the Olympic Games,London 2012

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Run for Fun - A Poem for the Olympic Games,London 2012

Running each morning whatever the weather;
This morning’s alone, but tomorrow, together.
    With my running shoes on and my muscles well primed 
    It's now finger on stop-watch.  This running is timed.

Up early today for the great day is here
And I tell myself kindly there’s nothing to fear.
     Oh it’s only a race and I mustn’t be scared
     For I’ve trained many weeks and am fully prepared.

Is it only a race?  Such an innocent word -
But I need to maintain the fast speed of a bird.
     Is it only a race?  No, I really MUST win!
     And I mustn't look worried but dress with a grin.

Now we’re all at the starting line, whistle is blown,
And down comes the flag and I feel so alone.
      My feet take a pounding along the hard course,
      For I’m trained as a human and not a racehorse.

There are others ahead, but I mustn't heed these,
For I know who they are and can beat them with ease.
     With my confidence growing, adrenalin flowing, 
     Ignoring the rest, I know just where I'm going.

It's now round the next bend and with 'finish' in sight,
What’s bubbling inside me?  Thrill and delight?
     I hear the crowds shouting and Mum shouts the most
     As with pride I bound past the school winning post.


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  1. Date: 11/21/2012 9:31:00 PM

    Josie,, Stopping by to greet you and every other soup poet, with a special thank you comment, during this wonderful Thanksgiving season. Hope you do not mind the time I am taking to express my sincere appreciation for any support you have offered during the years, or time you have been here on the soup. I am deeply thankful and extend to you my best wishes for a happy and healthy Poetic Magical Thanksgiving Day. *Always & Forever, the Poet Destroyer; -*

  1. Date: 7/13/2012 12:31:00 PM

    Hooray Josie - I was panting at the finish.

  1. Date: 7/12/2012 10:15:00 AM

    Bravo!! Being a 2nd generation Glaswegian I appreciate your support of the Olympic games in the UK. I'm very proud of you!!! Hugs...Brian

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 8:41:00 AM

    Thank you, all of you. The Olympics are upon us here in the UK with the world waiting on our doorstep. I am writing sporting poems for the schools and sporting poems are top of the list this week. I'd love others to join me in some sports poems. This is my challenge to you all.

  1. Date: 7/11/2012 8:34:00 AM

    I am so happy I was able to read your poetry today Josie. Thank you for sharing your writing with us always. So many diverse poems here and always a pleasure to read. Hoping you will continue to find the inspiration to write. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 6:23:00 PM

    Congratulations on your thrilling race - the way you have paced the poem is marvellous.

  1. Date: 7/10/2012 11:35:00 AM

    You have the rhythm down perfectly in this up to the minute poetry. I like it very much. I too have posted a poem recently about the Olympic trials here in America. keep writing. It made me smile. And thanks for reading and commenting. Love, Joyce