Canto CXXV

I confess to goddess Atalanta
that it has been two weeks since my last run.
Accept this meagre, lightweight lap I offer

but mark that among all the erring ones,
I’ve not left it as long as many others
who made their New Year’s resolutions

to lace up last year’s running boots to venture
onto the outer pathway of the park,
clutching their precious bottles of water

as if a January, half mile trek
equalled a marathon in the Sahara.
I’ll give nearly all of them a week

and half of them will not be back tomorrow.
Then things will go back to the way they were,
the pitbulls pant, the alkies drown their sorrows,

the faithful seek to give you one lap more.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Peter Litton
    Jan 03, 2012 @ 01:33:58

    Of course, I checked out Atalanta…she seems to have been some kind of proto- feminist, keeping her virginity and rushing about fighting all takers.
    I think new year’s resolutions are naff…If you are going to run or go to the gym, then do it cos you want to do it and keep doing it.


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