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The Race is not for the Swift

Poetry By: julistar

Tags: Getting, It, Wising, Up, Race, Life

Can you still come of age in your 30s? When do you get to say you are wise or experienced? A reflection on a widely used quote and its new meanings

Submitted:Oct 19, 2008    Reads: 175    Comments: 3    Likes: 2   

The Race is not for the Swift

by julistar

So now I am finally aware

Of a true end in sight

giving purpose to the journey

my excitement for this race takes flight


You said this to me so often

I can remember the weight of your tone

It might have been the deepest thought you ever had

And you made it your gift to me alone


The race is not for the swift

No life is a quick joke

Nothing is gained from glossing over,

with magic mirrors and smoke


You lose before you start

when you cheat, when you undermine others

when you trip them so they fall

it is you that lags behind the other runners


This is not a fight to the finish, is it?

Ah, that's what you meant for me

to absorb on the harder laps

as the crowd booed and cheered alternately


You wanted me to feel my victory

in making others winners

by losing pride and jealousy

like all the other sinners


You wanted me to love without expectation

Enjoy the ride and taste the freedom

Thinking up for myself - my path, my goals

be patient as life leads on to wisdom


Now the race has already started

and the pace has been set

I am winded by some of the obstacles

but I'm so glad, I can still run


It's not over yet


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