Competition | Teen Ink


April 16, 2009
By julian GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
julian GOLD, Eugene, Oregon
17 articles 17 photos 223 comments

Favorite Quote:
The goal is not about living forever, the goal is about creating something that can.

The soft padding of my running feet,
Rhythmically ran at a hypnotic beat.
My legs moved smoothly, forward and back
Propelling me faster, across the race track.
A quick glance behind showed that I was in lead,
While the rest of the group tried to quicken their speed.
I focused my run, tried to steady my pace,
I’d a long ways to go, had a long run to race.
When all of a sudden I spotted near my side,
A quick paced runner, with a long-legged stride.
He smiled at me like he’d already won,
Yet he looked really happy, like this was great fun.
I smoldered inside cause I had to win,
Not some idiot with a stupid looking grin!
I ran ever faster and soon was ahead,
Yet the long-legged runner just laughed and then sped.
And once again he was in lead of the group,
My body felt exhausted and I started to droop.
This wasn’t fair; I had to get past him,
Though my lungs burned and my eyesight grew dim.
I barely even noticed when he ran o’er the line,
To win the race, which should have been mine.
I realized with a start as I gasped for air,
That though he’d won the race I didn’t even care.
What mattered was that the race had been fun,
And now it was over, now it was done.
The thought made me smile put a laugh to my lips,
While I opened my water container and took a few sips.
It wasn’t about competing; I didn’t care if he’d won,
All that really mattered was that I had had fun!

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This article has 5 comments.

Kai17 GOLD said...
on Jul. 21 2011 at 11:59 am
Kai17 GOLD, Spokane, Washington
17 articles 5 photos 339 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Where to, Miss?"
"To the stars."

The rhyming worked really well in this setting; I loved the story behind it, too. Very unique; in a good way, though. =)

_NoAir_ BRONZE said...
on Apr. 11 2010 at 1:22 pm
_NoAir_ BRONZE, Toronto, Other
4 articles 1 photo 463 comments

Favorite Quote:
There are as many ways to live as there are people in this world. Each one deserves a closer look.

–Golly (Harriet The Spy)

Wow! This is a very unique type of writing you wrote! I love this! Keep writing!!!!!

on Sep. 2 2009 at 11:11 am
brewcrew#44 SILVER, Kanab, Utah
7 articles 10 photos 10 comments

Favorite Quote:
“Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway”
John Wayne

thats a very good poem i love it you have a great talenent!!!

on Apr. 28 2009 at 3:29 am
Shawna Baynton, Eugene, Oregon
0 articles 0 photos 2 comments
This is the best poem ever!!!!!!

on Apr. 27 2009 at 11:50 pm
You are great julian!! This is a great poem! :) Keep up the good work! :) Your BFF,