"not enough training!"

Only 9 laps the marathon will take

On a 3 mile loop round Rockland Lake.

The water glimmers from the sun

And the ducks and geese are having fun.


26 miles I am walking

I really don't feel much like talking.

Into my own world I retreat

As behind me I hear runner's feet.


“Looking good!" They shout as past they zap,

“How you doing? This is my last lap!"

But still another loop I have to go

Why does it feel so painfully slow!


You may ask why I'm not running.

The answer's easy: not enough training!

So once again I make that promise

Next year: train and do some self transcendence!

Arpita Stott, Edinburgh