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What Kind of Race?
Brian Coatney
 
What kind of race do I wish?
one enticing by its glory,
vision of purity,
magnificent—with breadth and depth,
through generations,
modestly, in crescendo,
steady, perfect flame of faith,
instilled, ending where it began,
in eternity of heart,
 
What kind of race do I wish?
one easy at first,
early optimistic in cadence,
confident of keeping,
not yet stretched taut—bent slightly,
not drawn to agonized measure
til the perfect time.
 
What kind of race do I wish?
panting, burnt in muscle,
wishing to draw back, unable to, kept still,
perseverance continuing,
dead to quit but won’t—
crying out, not doubting.
 
What kind of race do I wish?
the line comes into sight,
overwhelming gratitude brings tears,
a calling met, new ease of walk,
fresh certainty, fruit known before seen,
home already, heavenly wept over.
 
What kind of race do I wish?
this very one, even if over and over
again when pressed to run.
 
 
BC 4-26-05

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