Marathon Run

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Invisible umbilical cord;
I am connected.
I belong to humanity;
Noble.
Warrior!
Think of the ancestors.
Brave.
Proud.
Alive.
I run
in the marathon
of life.

I can do this,
I can do this,
I can do this,
I can do this,
(Puff) yes
(Puff) yes
I can do this.
Hobble along, baby.
Smile, joke, distract.
Reach for an elusive companion.
Keep going.

“Yuh a joke!” the police outrider taunts
as he escorts the winner in.
“Yuh a waste time!”
Ii is true that I have barely begun, but
I CAN DO THIS!

Glutes tighten
Resistance training.
I ache in a good way,
I grin, proud
my muscles stretched,
a man pushing his baby
in a pram, how charming,
they leave me behind.
Confidence shaken,
my will, broken,
No; I don’t want to be last!
No, there are others, and
my resolve strengthens

I can do this,
I can do this,
I can do this,
I can do this,
(Puff) yes
I can,
(Puff) yes
I can do this.

This is a mind game.
Take no prisoners
Conquer self,
win –
one –
more –
time.
Take one more step.
Take ONE more step.
Break through this wall.
You can do this!
You can!
You can do this!
(Puff)
(Puff)
(Puff)
I can.
You can,
Take one more
step.

Cheers
and water
an oasis.
(puff)
(puff)
Wave.

Don’t give up!
Take one more step!
One more,
One.
One for each person you know.
Keep your form,
take one more step.
Arms pumping, blood rushing,
beating a tattoo.

I can do this,
I can do this,
I can do this,
I can do this,
(Puff) yes
(Puff) yes
I can do this.

Strong.
I am strong,
Feel that burn.
No; too soon to burn!
Revel in that burn,
Reach for something
deep inside!
Feel joy in your strength,
black woman.
Umbilical cord,
Connection to life.
Think of your ancestors.
Treadmill.
Don’t give in.
You are strong.
Feel that burn.
Take the pain.

Listen to the music.
Your own blood pumping.
Think!
Of nothing…
Take one more
Step.
(Puff)
(Puff)
(Puff)
Focus.
Listen to the music.
(Puff)

(Puff)

I can do this,
I can do this,
I can do this,
I can do this,
(Puff) yes
(Puff) yes
I can do this.

I am a marathon runner.
I am strong.
I am triumphant.
God help me,
I am a Jamaican woman!
I can do this!
I can!
I am an African.

(Puff)
(Puff)
(Puff)

Just
one
more
step.
Just one
More.
One
More.
One.

(Puff)
(Puff)
(Puff)

About Gabrielle Burns

I am a Jamaican at play here in this vast playground in cyberspace....Yes, at times I do like to live dangerously, but I AM also working hard at becoming more interesting by the day... :)
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One Response to Marathon Run

  1. on marathon….REVERT BACK TO PHYSICAL AND BEGIN ANEW. tk u mlj lv nv

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