The Race

Her gait is awkward
Progress is laborious
Straining to focus on the target
Stumbling as she manipulates her body down the track
Determination evidenced in each muscle of her face and body
She hears the words of encouragement
The cheers and clapping
Acknowledged by the slightest nodding of her head
Almost there
Crossing the line
Last
But not alone
Surrounded by family, friends, and fans.
Attempting… Persevering… Overcoming…
A goal accomplished
Living
 
–Dawn Cawthon Behrens
 
 
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About grandawn

I work as administrative support in the Oklahoma State University Art Dept. For the past few years, I have been responsible for finances, paperwork, and other decisions for my parents who lived in Texas. Working now to finalize everything after Father's death in 2012 and Mother's death in 2013. I also keep busy blogging, writing children's books, and occasionally shooting commercials. I live in Oklahoma, USA. I have three wonderful grandchildren. I am a teacher, writer, actor, singer. . . and whatever else I can manage.
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4 Responses to The Race

  1. Beautiful expression of a wonderful time in a young girl’s life. I am reminded that “the race is not always to the swift, and the battle not always to the strong.” Victories come in many forms, and that girl and you are both winners in my book!

  2. knittingmaestro says:

    Another beautiful poem!!

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