The Race is not for the Swift

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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: October 19, 2008

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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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