Taking The Home Stretch

(5 minute challenge let’s go)


It is in faith the very same distance,
But there are a thousand different ways to cover these metres,
And everyone does it in a different way and a different style,
At paces that vary from position to position and time to time;

It still is the same distance really,
Yet from the first stride we can see promise in some
While others are dismissed as not anywhere near winners,
That is if they get to cover the full distance at all;

It is a distance we all know for ourselves:
A bend then a straight and another bend then another straight,
It looks simple and feels little more than just covering the distance,
But beware the trophy and the medal and the audience that watches;

It is really four hundred metres without a metre more or less,
Where you are tested for speed and for endurance both
Of the body and mind to cross the finishing line and blaze the trail,
To come out above the distance and emerge at the close;

Now tell me:

Would you take the first bend slow,
Or would you take the home stretch bold?


(It is possible to capture life in a race, because life in essence is a race against time to complete and achieve as many things as possible in the shortest possible time, of which contentment and happiness counts for a large part of it.)


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