All pieces in place,
hours of practice and drills,
the race is mine to win.

But look,
it took very long
to get to the start.
It seems I’m out of step.
They pose a threat to my success,
these new runners,
even with their
wild, unstructured strategies.

Perhaps it’s not
a foregone conclusion
that the victory is
mine for the taking.

I’m good with that too.
Meeting challenges
is sweet spice
to dress
already delicious winnings.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

Day 2 prompt: See the details here from 2010 November PAD Chapbook Challenge

About Shari Smothers

Welcome to Telling Stories, my creative writing space. My name is Shari Smothers. Poems help me to understand the world and to explain my world to others. They're my premier story telling tools. There's more to come, so please share with me through reading, commenting, emailing. Learn more about Shari here. And do come again!

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