How It Feels To Break That Tape

Alexi Pappas shares her latest poem on what it feels like to break the tape—like charging "toward the castle I built myself."

Photo: Janet Raugust
Photo: Janet Raugust

Breaking Tape


It happened

like I imagine

it would feel

to throw open big double doors—


the kind

from a mansion

or doll house.


I looked



like a very strong princess

charging through the gate


towards the castle

I built myself.

Other poems by Alexi: 

Why Running Makes You Cry Big Kid Tears

The Sprint