this sporting life

supposing all the young runners 
in the world
without exception
were to come together
and every boy
and every girl ran
just as far 
as they could
at any pace they chose

what an event
what a gathering
what a palaver
what a patter of feet
that would be
and wouldn’t it
be good to have
no winners no losers
also rans on the throne
gold medals unknown

triumph and shame 
not part of the game
come together
Lennon once sang
imagine what might
have happened
had he sung instead
run together 
right now



Jeff Cloves

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