The Runner

I race forward,
Pushing the limits of my mortal body,
Passing the people who have quit,
But I will not quit.
I will not quit when my body tells me no,
I will not quit when tempted by others,
I will not conform to worldly temptations
Because I may be the only one running.
But I am not alone,
And I will not run away from fate
But towards it.
And when my heart can beat no more
And my legs give 'way,
I will know that I have won,
For I have beaten all others who have quit.
I have raced with all I can give
On this course of misfortune and pain we call society.
I raced forward,
And I fall knowing I have won this race known as life.
And I fall with a smile on my face,
The light slowly leaving my eyes,
When my worn heart stops.

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