For Boston

Posted today on fellow-runner, writer and 2005 Boston Marathon alum. You can read more of Patrick Reed’s work at http://www.run5kaday.wordpress.com

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For Boston

by Patrick Reed

Boston weeps tonight

Where distance-prophets stride in elegant steps down the asphalt river

with yellow lines uniting all from Hopkington to Boylston’s epic finish

And yellow balloons soar skyward into bluest skies like the runners’ racing;

Where aged sages and youthful innocents stride towards the finish

Where one hundred and sixteen times before the harriers worked to cross to glory;

Whilst merry Bostonians yearly give their Monday best

When brilliant and clear the finishers close quickly,

And rampant patriotic banners sweep the free-est skies in streaks of red and blue and pure white

And police and racing officials blink away the joyous tears of the ever-innocent laurel crown;

Whilst children hug to father’s necks and mothers dote on daughter’s sun-beamed locks

Where men have always already pushed their injured children through the Commonwealth for glory

Where Heartbreak is analogous to knowing discipline’s victory

Where rocking…

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Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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