Every Exhausting Mile

PheidippidesPhoto: Courtesy of www.awesomestories.com


A collective buzzing of like-minded souls

Thoroughbreds on a mission began centuries ago

From the battlefields of Marathon to Athens, Greece

An Athenian ritual

Played out in the streets

The thrill of flight

Unison of a thousand feet

Strangers sharing tribulations

Cheered on by crowds proclaiming support

To modern day Pheidippides

Testing body, mind, and soul to the limit

Bittersweet pain for all to see

 Every grueling mile to the finish line

What punishment, what excitement, what reward

Only twenty-six miles away

To declare their victory

As Pheidippides had on dying feet

Victory, a metal bestowed

For every pain, every tear, every doubt

Every exhausting mile

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14 Comments Add yours

  1. The Poetry Channel says:

    26.2 😁


    1. Hahaha! Yes. 26 miles of pure bliss. Well not quite. But you won’t believed how addictive it is. Every marathon runner I know, including myself, go back for more punishment. Really it’s great fun!

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      1. The Poetry Channel says:

        I just always chuckle when I hear someone who has completed a marathon correcting someone who says, “26” miles, knowing how the last two tenths feel as long as the previous 26.

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      2. It’s difficult telling a non-marathon how wonderful it was. When most of the way it was sheer pain until you realize there’s only five more miles to go. Then it becomes interesting. 😉

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  2. Very intense and inspiring.Loved it 🙂


    1. Thank you! I think people forget how the marathon got its name. An the unfortunate ending of the young messenger. Thank you for liking the post !

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      1. Yes. I had read about the story as a kid but I had kind of forgotten it. Your poem served as a reminder. Tributes to the brave soul. And do not mention, good work should always be appreciated. 🙂

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  3. Really digging the design and layout of your site. It’s visually pleasant!

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    1. Thank you!! It’s still a work in progress. I’ve only been blogging a month. So hopefully it will improve. Thanks again!


  4. akshayk7263 says:

    A very inspiring post! Great job!

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    1. Thank you! I love the story of the marathon and how millions now attempt to run 26 miles every year including myself. I’m addicted🙂

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      1. akshayk7263 says:

        I agree, andI run marathons too! It’s an addiction for the best 😉

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