June 1, 2017

Lines written after running a half marathon, some weeks ago

On Sunday
My muscles were pounded
Until they crackled and spluttered
And sprung back into tight coils
And at mile 12, one of them went pop.

My fat thighs
Rubbed a raw arc of pain
Notional until I stopped running,
Slicing me with every step.

My bruised toenails
And tight shoulders
And heavy eyelids
Are my finisher’s medals
Hanging from every branch of my body.

Karen

1 thought on “Lines written after running a half marathon, some weeks ago

  1. you’re amazing. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, especially not yourself.

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