A Poem About Giving Your All: Leave It There

Runner Alexi Pappas pens her account of leaving it all at the finish line.

Photo by Kevin Morris
Photo by Kevin Morris

I have a bad habit
of keeping things
far longer
than I should—

old receipts, birthday cards
from my orthodontist,
paper pads from hotels for
my nonexistent office.

But I know
there is a time
at the end of the race,
before the finishing tape

when everything
must go—
I promise.


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