Poetry Forum Areas

Introduce Yourself

New to PoetrySoup? Introduce yourself here. Tell us something about yourself.

Looking for a Poem

Can't find a poem you've read before? Looking for a poem for a special person or an occasion? Ask other member for help.

Writing Poetry

Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.

High Critique

For poets who want unrestricted constructive criticism. This is NOT a vanity workshop. If you do not want your poem seriously critiqued, do not post here. Constructive criticism only. PLEASE Only Post One Poem a Day!!!

How do I...?

Ask PoetrySoup Members how to do something or find something on PoetrySoup.

Read Poems by Edmund Siejka

Edmund Siejka Avatar Edmund Siejka - LIFETIME Premium Member Edmund Siejka - Premium MemberPremium Member Send Soup Mail  Block poet from commenting on your poetry

Below are poems written by poet Edmund Siejka. Click the Next or Previous links below the poem to navigate between poems. Remember, Poetrysoup is an environment of encouragement and growth. Thank you.

List of ALL Edmund Siejka poems

Best Edmund Siejka Poems

+ Follow Poet

The poem(s) are below...


The Reluctance of the Young Runner

The Reluctance of the Young Runner

           by Edmund Siejka

He was a gawky teenager
On a high school track team
Intimidated by his coach
Who exercised almost total control
Over him.

He was examined
Questioned what he ate
How much he weighed
It became too much to bear
That he couldn’t tell anyone you
How lonely he felt.

Running at a track meet
Neck and neck for third place 
The finish line seemed unreachable
His parents, watching from crowded bleachers,
Were proud 
Impatiently calling out his name
When suddenly he fell
Tripping over some unknown thing lying on the track.

Falling, his long legs cascaded over the white lines of the track
Colliding with the front runner
Who had the looks of an actor 
And the temperament of a snake.

The coach was angry
Thick fingers pummeled the young runner’s chest
Because he fell
The team was disappointed
Not so much for him
But for the lead runner
Who struggled to third place.

Facing dismissal from the team
An inner smile caressed the young boy’s heart
No more coach, no more watching
Waves of relief gently cascaded over him
Bringing with it
A sudden realization
That he would no longer 
Have to hide.

Copyright © Edmund Siejka | Year Posted 2017


Post Comments

Please Login to post a comment

A comment has not been posted for this poem. Be the first to comment.