19:54

1954

a review of
the archives
and
the month of
july 1954

elvis releases
his first single
‘that’s all right’

and indeed
it is

a silent
distant
challenge raised
lovers whispers
achieved

2015
sub 20 go
in 5k
2016

given a sequence of times
leading up
20:10
20:08
20:06
20:04
20:02

the
20:00
just, would have been

the race
the serpentine 5k championships
battersea park
the target
race

all set
fair
‘confident’, ‘no’
but on the off
i knew
mine only
not to break

that little bit extra push
to maintain
focus
concentrate upon
go

as the finish line approached
one would not have been
surprised
had the clock
displayed 20:

normally i wait a while
but this time looked down
to see
19:54

it rang well
and true
confirmed
by the official result

18 months or so back
in the run
from 27:12
that cold january
morn
to this

there has been
and is
much to reflect upon
over this time
the aches
and pains
gains
and losses

but there is joy
in this mark
made

made in battersea park

‘that’s all right’

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~ by lloydsloops on August 1, 2016.

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