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Inspired By A Stranger (a poem)

Updated on June 19, 2012

It was a traffic jam

and certainly my time to cram

for a test coming anon.

The police officer,

with so much time to spare,

flicks his arms in the air

blows his whistle, stops our lancer,

and tells us of a 10K

A rush of blood strikes my face.


"I'm going to be late!"

For my test is approaching.


I glance around

There was no hope to be found

Until I saw her,

A racer chasing the stars.

She was beautiful.

In every aspect beautiful.

Purely beautiful...

A beautiful harmony she was

Slapping the ground,

Her feet were racing the wind

Chasing the future.

Aiming to win.


Her stride accelerates

Her speed escalates

A trickle of sweat

Gently runs down her face.

Her breasts heaving

Her arms swinging

Muscular and healthy

She was beautiful...


She was an image...

An image of determination

Inspiring me to this day.

When I run...I see her

Running, like a musical symphony.

Strong, determined, tenacious

Won't stop until the finish line

When I see her image, I realize

That I was inspired by a stranger...


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    • LailaK profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you, taiwokareem! I greatly appreciate you dropping by and reading my work!

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      Taiwo Kareem 

      4 years ago from Salford

      a lovely piece of poetry.

    • LailaK profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hehehe yes I actually rhymed and sang the poem myself. I apologize for the not so good quality of the video, it was my first experiment in recording music :) peace!

    • manatita44 profile image


      4 years ago from london

      Thank you. My spirit is with you - God's you already have - much Light.

      P.S Was that you singing Wordsworth Poem? Your mom must be proud of you! So beautiful!

    • LailaK profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Your words mean the world to me! Yes, I am definitely planning to take a course in university called "Guided Meditation." Hopefully, it will get me to a self-transcendence state like you mentioned! I ought to check the love poems videos you mentioned! Thanks again and much peace!

    • manatita44 profile image


      4 years ago from london

      I write because I feel your inner potential. I have taken the opportunity to serve because you are not only young but show much promise.

      In your pursuit of self-transcendence, you will make much progress. Try to feel more and act intuitively. Join a relaxation or meditative group. Or play some of my videos in the Love poems a.m before work or college. They are not love poems but poems dedicated to Something Higher. Feel peace within. Write to me should you need advice. Much peace.

    • LailaK profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very true words of yours dear friend! Life is very much like a race. Each one of us has a race to run and a place to win. I'm a runner myself and I apply a lot of what I encounter on the roads to my own personal life :) I greatly appreciate your comment and your time for reading my words! Thank you!

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      4 years ago from london

      Life is an inner race. Running is like a spiritual metaphor. You met the same challenges of doubt, uncertainty, insecurity, fear and so forth in the inner race, as you met in the outer race. You need to keep running. True failure is when you stop or give up. Never give up! Continue! The cosmic forces will run to encourage you. Be brave, my sweet friend. Blessings.

    • LailaK profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      James, thank you so much for dropping by! It is amazing how people we don't know and haven't met before can be momentously inspiring!

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      Tijani Achamlal 

      5 years ago from Morocco

      Laila ,

      This so so beautiful and clever.I love how you transmitted the act of running into something meaningful and inspiring.Yes we have to set a goal in front of our eyes and run till we reach it.Good job!Voted up

    • LailaK profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Lisa, this year I ran the same 10K race that this inspirational runner ran. I really wish I met her in person and thanked her for inspiring me to run. Thanks for dropping by!

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      5 years ago from Sacramento

      It's amazing how our everyday actions can impact other people and they aren't even aware of it. I wonder what she'd think if she knew you'd written this poem in her honor...

    • LailaK profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Tobusiness, it is fantastic how simple actions can get any person ceremoniously inspired. Thanks for dropping by!

      LongTimeMother, thanks! You will definately be reading more of my writing :)

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      5 years ago from Australia

      Beautiful poem, LailaK. You should write more. :)

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      6 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Isn't it amazing what inspires us, the human body in motion, beautiful poetry.

    • LailaK profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Sparklea, thanks for stopping by! Yes, we can get inspired by anybody, anyday, and at anytime. My best friend loves reading the Chicken Soup series...I will definately look into that. Thanks for the suggestion!

      Great question! I was a little bit late for the exam, but luckily it turns out that my teacher was participating in the 10K and she told all the testing administrators to allow late students to take the test.

      Thanks a lot for stopping by, Sparklea!


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      6 years ago from Upstate New York

      LailaK: LOVED THIS! I truly believe MUCH of our inspirations come from strangers. I have had what I consider to be "Holy Encounters" from strangers.

      Your description was phenomenal, and I LOVE the pictures. I am so inspired by runners, in fact, check out the book, "Chicken Soup For The Runner's Soul" would love it.

      One question: Did you make it to your exam on time! BLESSINGS, SPARKLEA :) :) :)


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