The Runner

 

He ran

Its what he did

Fast and far and furious

Bones in balance

Bright- eyed and alert

Like a thoroughbred racehorse

Burning muscles rippling

Sweat glistening off rosy skin

Heart pounding and blood flowing

The crowds cheered for the champion

From blue ribbons to trophies

And on to medals made of gold

He ran for his life

He ran toward his dream

Until the freak accident

That stole the movement from his legs

But he kept running

Wind in his face, he pressed on

Championing for worthy causes

Inspiring the young to reach for the moon

He raced from his wheelchair

Challenged others to do their best

He kept on running

Because champions never stop

 

Prompt is “Champion”.

24 thoughts on “The Runner

    • Thanks. I was going somewhere entirely different with it, and then remembered someone is my area who used his hanicap to the best of his ability, and continued championing in life until he died.

  1. “He raced from his wheelchair

    Challenged others to do their best

    He kept on running

    Because champions never stop”

    Wow! That was a total surprise..and BRA-VO!

    Great poem, Suzi!

    Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Saturday!

    X

    • Thanks, I started out one way, and then remembered a local high school hero who died a few years ago. He actually was a football star with great aspirations and became parplegic due to a skiing accident. He became a reknown motivational speaker and touched many lives. I did not personally know him but knew family members and would hear his name on the news etc.

  2. Wow…you really captured the feeling of what it is like to run. You also captured what it would feel like to lose that. but the human spirit is the thing that propels us forward. It really is always running to keep our hopes and dreams alive. It is important to keep that feeling alive even when the physical body fails us. Beautiful job Suzi!

  3. WOW! Suzicate you surely did captured what it is like to run, and you painted into your story poem what it’s like to be a real champion. Yes indeed this young man touched many lives. I didnt know him, but I have heard of him and his story. Thanks for bringing the life of a champion alive. Hugs Vi

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