"The Race Against Change"
By: Regis Ung
The race had started, my heart began to pump
Gasping for air as I sprinted against gravity
Holding me down, slower and slower I ran
Trying to speed up against the challenges ahead
Hurdles thrown at me dragging me down
Every muscle in my body fighting through the pain
With the championship and glory on the line,
We were sprinting side by side, face to face
Beads of sweat rolled down my skin
That is when time left me fighting
As I ran my heart out against him
I used every ounce of muscle
The finish line seemed to be further and further...
My heart suddenly stopped.., the beating slowed.., then paused
I had let him... tear me apart…
Not sweat, but tears rolled down my face
I was stuck.., frozen in fear
Clouded with old memories, I linger thinking about him
A fuzzy ringing blocked the distant sounds of cheering
How could everything become worthless in seconds?
What held me back from moving forward?
That is when time left me stunned
Fallen to the ground in confusion
Hands pulling hairs out of my head
Down on my knees contemplating... what did I do...
What didn’t I do, what happened for me to get here
How could I have betrayed my promises.. my goals...
My thoughts wander, lost and afraid
He got under my skin, got inside my head
Filled my emotions with hatred, angry, misery, and fear…
Despair, sadness, doubt, heartache… and fear…
He shattered my confidence towards the rest of life
He was change, something I needed to overcome
That is when time left me broken
I had been showered with medals and ribbons
Those times gave me comfort and I couldn’t let go of them
Left fragile and weak like a house of cards
He had crossed the finish line, but I couldn’t
Left unmotivated with each step that I took toward life
Left in doubt because I gave up on everything that I stood for
I was the reason I had been left in the dark
I was mesmerized by its stars that held history
The war rages on against life and it’s army of struggles
Physical pain, and mental exhaustion
The step across the line was the step away from them
I couldn’t beat him because it meant leaving them
The finish line was a sign of change,
While I was scared lingering in the past
That is when time left me behind
Author Notes: Through my English class, I wrote a poem about how life is challenging and how change is hard to overcome. This was inspired by my childhood and how it compares to who I am today. My past self will always be memories and lessons, while the most important thing is what I do today for my future self.