Friday, May 3, 2013
#447: Game Face
While Ivanica shears me like a Spartan,
I see something new;
72 hours to go
A hundred hearts
A million tears
A woman in the dark
Mother without breasts
Praying that the surgeon found it all
There in the mirror,
Got my game face on.
But never before,
To crush the Damned Thing
Choke the life out of it
Drag it in a sack to the river
Pound it under my shoes
Angry at the cells
The fingers that can't feel
The eyes that can't see and the tongues that can't taste.
Wish I could make it chase me over the hills until its evil heart bursts with the effort.
Run right into the grave and pull them all back to life again.
Throw a rope around its neck and drag the Damned Thing through the streets until there's nothing left but an empty, bloody loop.
But I can't do any of those things.
All my hate and anger can't make a dent.
The unspeakable joy of the pain that burns
The muscles that seize,
The cramps that threaten to tear you down to the ground...
The will to run on.
To the edge of the darkness,
And through into the light on the other side.
Running hard and strong until I can't run anymore,
Carrying them all with me.
Climb aboard, you warriors You champions;
Ever victors, Never victims;
Come with me,
Get on my shoulders,
Come into to my heart.
Wrap your strength around my legs.
Fill my lungs with your courage.
Raise your arms in victory with mine.
Climb aboard, my friends.
My darling ones.
Be my eyes as we run along the river.
Be my ears as they cheer from the side of the streets.
You are my strength.
You are my inspiration.
You taught me to fight.
You taught me to run.
My brothers and sisters.
I'm taking you for a ride.
We're going to run a By-God-Marathon together.
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