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The Non-Marathon

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The Non-Marathon

Today the New York Marathon's
Become a non-event.
The runners' opportunities
To race both came and went.

At first the mayor said it's on,
Despite the storm's destruction;
And then, last minute, pulled the plug
And gave a new instruction.

The racers coming to New York
Most likely were confused;
And those who paid for flights and rooms
I'm sure were not amused.

It's sad that all that training
For this race has come to naught,
The miles of pavement pounded
On each sneaker that was bought.

But certainly the mayor
Could have hurrried his decision.
His turnabout last-minute call
Has earned him great derision.

The city wasn't ready yet
To up and celebrate.
The mayor should have known that,
But discovered it too late.

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  1. Date: 11/11/2012 6:33:00 AM
    I can't count how many times my husband ran the New York City marathon. Whenever I watch it, I cry a little. I think he'd even agree the Mayor's final call was the right one. Would have been salt to the wound. love, Kathy

  1. Date: 11/5/2012 7:30:00 AM
    Maybe while the runners are there they can lend a hand. It would be a shame to have all that energy go to waste.

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 3:00:00 PM
    lol, yes, he'll certainly be remembered for this! Lovely write, Ilene

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 5:17:00 AM
    LOL, I love this poem. The meter and rhyme is perfect. The humor is absolutely wonderful. And the topic was great. This one will have to go in my favorite poem list. What a beautiful poem you have written. Bravo!

  1. Date: 11/4/2012 5:17:00 AM
    wonderful, love elizabeth