the lone runner

the human body is a great gift, a specimen of beauty, power, agility. one activity that displays each of these is running, and it does so in a way that can only be called glorious.

nobody conveys the quiet glory of running better than Vangelis in the theme track for Chariots of Fire: . these words came to mind while thinking of Vangelis’s music.

in the silence of the beach

the waves crash on each other

creating a majestic music

the sun dips into the sea

its orange light

adding lustre to the water

and the lone runner 

goes on his daily round

by the shore


one foot lands on the ground

supporting his whole body

lifting it up

and springing it forward

for the other foot 

to do the same


the breath goes in deep 

and is thrown out deeper

the chest swells up

and shrinks down 

and the arms move side by side

in unison


the wind hits the face

pushing back the droplets of sweat

on his temples

and the hair flows back

like a horse’s mane


the lips are sealed

the face tranquil

and the eyes

those windows to the soul

impassioned, yet still

rest their gaze

on an invisible point ahead

and betray an irreversible calm

in an exhilarated body

the lone runner forges his way

running in glory

running in triumph

a picture of grace

a picture of dignity

and the world stands back

in wonder


~ by tdcatss on March 5, 2012.

4 Responses to “the lone runner”

  1. I think you captured it wonderfully, Kaif! :)

  2. thank you debbie :)

  3. Reblogged this on Inspiredweightloss.

  4. Beautiful imagery Kaif!

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