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The Marathon of Life

Updated on March 10, 2017

That longest journey of our lives, of those runners, and of the fondest cast,

The thinkers, planners, doers, being of such brilliance, of all these, to last.

The stamina taken, the hard work done, not to be forsaken, not in any way,

Are reflections of the spirit, of its resilience, all to be seen in most every day.

Each display they meet all challenges, to approach and these to accept,

All give it of their best, without any to protest, meeting of every precept.

Marching through the sands of time, with every ladder, each does climb,

Their footprints leave examples, signs show the way, to a life so sublime.

The marathon of our lives, at each birth so arrives, then it all does begin,

Every step we take, without any rules ours to break, a message to send.

Achieving goals that are set, moving on to new ones. needs, to amend.

No boasting or awards to win, only the goodness, of its honor, to defend.

The wonderful Tree of Life, to withstand all of the strife, its roots, a foundation,

As each is a vital part, we're given from the start, is our deserved celebration.

The finish, as it appears ahead, a loss of each friend, we dread, their absence,

Every journey we take, a sign of our presence, a gift to each soul, its essence,


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      whonunuwho 4 months ago from United States

      Yes, my friend life is a journey. For some there are many roadblocks, others it's smooth sailing. We take at as it comes. Thank you for stopping by. Blessings, whonu

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 months ago from Central Florida

      Life has been a wonderful journey so far. It's hard for me to comprehend that I've been on this Earth for sixty years. I see myself rearranging priorities at this stage in life. It's all about slowing down, not feeling pressured, and taking time to do for me what I didn't have time for when raising my son. I'm beginning to like this stage of life!

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      whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

      Thank you so much and many blessings. whonu

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Lovely with wonderful photos. Enjoyed this much.

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      whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

      Thank you threekeys. Many blessings to you and family. whonu

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      whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

      Thank you for stopping by MsDora. Your nice comments are always so welcome. Blessings. whonu

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      I watched the funeral of one of my college classmates last week. The news of her death left me in a daze and the following line you penned is a fitting summary of my thoughts while the fog clears: "No boasting or awards to win, only the goodness . . ."

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      ThreeKeys 5 months ago from Australia

      A marathon? Yes, life's journey can be arduous. Making it to the end with little or no regrets is one of my aims. I enjoyed your writing.

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      Louise Powles 5 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a lovely poem. Yes, I'm also starting to slow downs as the years go on. But yes, I agree. I never give up!

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      whonunuwho 5 months ago from United States

      Thanks, Bill. The important thing, I suppose, is that we don't give up and finish. Blessings. whonu

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I started out sprinting but now, I'm afraid, I'm walking towards that finish line. :) You summed it up beautifully, my friend.