Marathon of Patience

He’s been running for long!

Then he was young,
He would run for miles and never pant!

He still runs,
Hefting his heavy head on his hanging shoulders,
But, these days, he halts every few metres.

His one son had died young.
Struck and shaken, he had stopped running.
They thought he was giving up the marathon.
But he had stopped only for a while.

A man of deep faith he is, they say.
Son’s bereavement had caused a little fracture in the wall.
He had halted to fix that up.
And shortly after, he resumed the race!

He’s got three more sons,
Tall, handsome, jobless, strong.
His wife looks after all four of them.

You look at the old man, and you pity him.
The vacant eyes,
The sagging cheeks,
The shrivelled body, and
The waddling gait.

But his eyes,
They’re always fixed on the sky.

They say he deserved much more.
He too thinks so, perhaps.
Otherwise, why’d he still linger on the track?

When you see him run,
You pity him all the more!
Throbbing, opened-mouth,
Earning each breath with much toil and strain;

His lungs are about to burst,
You’d feel;
And pray, oh Life, now declare him a winner,
And bring an end to his marathon.


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– Inspired by The Daily Post’s one-word prompt, Marathon 

– Photo source: Pixabay.com

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7 thoughts on “Marathon of Patience

    • I can’t say it in words how glad I feel when you said you found it deep. For that old man, I’ve got deep regards!
      By the way, making acquaintance with such a wonderful family, and reading your posts is all my pleasure, so thanks to you and your family.
      Overwhelmed by your response! 🙂 Wish you and your family an amazing, joyful, magnificent year ahead! 🙂

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    • Got no words to say how overwhelmed I’m feeling right now! You’re such a sensitive soul & terrific writer! Thank you so much for your kind words! Thank you so much for following my blog! I feel humbled! 🙂

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  1. I absolutely loved this! I am new to the blog world, so finding amazing reads like this, experiencing the raw feeling behind the words ts just so exciting. You are definitely one to look forward to! 🙂 What a beautiful old soul he is.

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    • Thanks a million for your kind words! It feels so encouraging! 🙂
      By the way, I’m too a novice here, maybe a week older to you! Reading one of your posts, I do believe you’ve got an amazing sense of humour! We are all aware of our shortcomings and faults, but only a few have the courage to admit it. You’re a person who wouldn’t mind arousing humour by reflecting upon yourself in a silly, ludicrous way! Look forward to reading more of your posts! Thanks again! 🙂

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