Finish Line


Today, I share another poem I wrote years back, that was April 2005, while watching athletes face the momentous victory on the track as others scamper for breath and their struggle to grab the best spot frustrating. The winners raise both arms to show they get the gold; the losers shrug their shoulders and think they could have done better. They all experience the run for life. They differ in their positions in the finish line. They have the same focus to finish the race.



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The ribbon waits for my breast


To warm the victory


Gifted with hands, and claps and clasps


With voices, and cheers, and sneers


With arms, and hugs and bugs.



As my heart strides


Touched with pride


My feet hasten a momentum


Flooded with grace, and praise


Yet within springs a wish


Of luck as I start


To step on yet


Another


Lap.


To runners, as everybody is, life is a race. To live is to run the race. To live is to finish it. 

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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

Inspiring poetry and the final lines you included outside of the poem were motivating. ''To live is to finish it'' Wonderful work Don. Voted up, shared, interesting, and awesome.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much OLDE CASHMERE. On to the Finish Line we shall get our reward.


oceansider 4 years ago

Don, this was very good, I appreciate that you shared with us. I enjoyed reading.

Helen


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you very much OCEANSIDER for finding time reflecting on this simple lines.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

...these simple lines.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Thanks for your comments today. You will want to edit this sentence: "The winners race both arms to show they get the gold; the lossers shrug their shoulders and think they could have done better." (race=raise, lossers=losers). Spell Check would have caught "lossers" but not "race", which is a correct spelling of the wrong word.


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DON BALDERAS 4 years ago Author

Thank you for these comments and help. Very much welcome.

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