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Why should I practice running slow?  I already know how to run slow.  I want to learn to run fast.
    —    Emil Zatopek
[Zatopek is widely (and certainly by me) considered to be one of the greatest runners of the 20th century (I would say recorded history).  In the 1952 Summer Olympics, Zatopek won the gold medal in the 5K, 10K and in the marathon.  It was the first time he EVER competed in a marathon.
I know what it feels like to run slow (slow jog = slog) and I remember what it was like to run fast (well, fast for me anyway).  I would love to feel that sensation again.
I have raced the wind
  And had it in my face,
    —    KMAB]
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Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.  I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
  —  Louisa May Alcott
[This was partially the inspiration for one of my own poems: “Julie’s Poem“.  Small world that it is, I bumped into Julie several years ago when I went to the local emergency room about my heart.  She was the triage nurse on duty.  I like to think she had some small part in getting me treated quickly and helped to save my life.
(Way back in the ’70’s,) Julie had heard I wrote poems and didn’t believe it so she asked (challenged) me to write one.  I sat down and wrote the poem “for” her (not inspired by her) – hence the title.   —  KMAB]
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Today I’ve added four poems.  Three of them are mine and one is (a second poem) by Robert Frost.
My three are titled: “Lost And Found“, “Julie’s Poem” and “This I Hold As True“.  The Frost poem is titled: “Mending Wall“.
My poem, “This I Hold As True” was my response (meager as it is) to Frost.  I do think we each have walls and I’m not sure his poem does much (if anything) to explain or reduce the walls.  But then, I’m not sure that was Frost’s intent either.  My own feeling is that he was pointing them (walls) out and (mildly) mocking them.
“Julie” was a young lady I knew from high school days.  She heard I wrote poetry and asked me to write her something – so I did.  Showing that it really is a small world, Julie went to school and became a registered nurse.  Five years ago, when I had my heart problem and went to the ER, she was the triage nurse – and in a way – helped save my life!
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