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Alexi Pappas Gives Beautiful Insight Into A Competitive Runner’s Spirit

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Sorry, I Missed Your Race Due to Rain  

 

A clover flower

is lovely alone,

but wallflower in a field.

 

There, a slow mover

might hover low

and notice.

 

But he may miss

altogether the clover

whose mustered all

oomph to sprout

that fourth petal.

 

Then the lawn mower might

eat them all up—

a shame. The whole

show for nothing—

 

as a race,

requires a world of effort,

but may or may not

be missed.

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