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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sport or Fitness (02/15/07)

TITLE: To Run From Death
By Laurie Glass
02/16/07


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For years Iíve been restricting food intake
And over-exercising, too,
And now Iím to the point, each step I take
Is almost more than I can do.

Desire to be fit and very thin
Got out of hand and thatís not all,
More reasons for the trouble I am in,
The inner pain that made me fall.

Depression, losses, sorrow seemed too much,
Iíd never felt so lost, alone.
Although I longed for understanding touch,
Was left to suffer on my own.

Refused to let intense emotions out,
Afraid Iíd lose complete control.
Was filled with anger, sadness, shame and doubt,
Felt only chaos in my soul.

My comfort came when I deprived myself,
Distracted me from pain inside,
Was my attempt to run from inner self,
In anorexia Iíd hide.

So here I am, the damage to endure,
My health will never be the same,
For some things I will never have a cureÖ
Iíve learned my lesson, itís no game.

With scary moments that were touch and go,
I labored greatly for each breath,
Experience was such a jolt, a blow,
Decided I must run from death.

Though some days I can barely take a step,
The Lord is with me, strengthens me.
On days I have no energy, no pep,
He sometimes even carries me.

He listens as I share my heart with Him,
And He is helping me to face
The pain Iíve carried, buried deep withinÖ
Itís all a part of this new race.

Iím used to racing, running, that is true,
My goal, though, was to run away
And never stop, but now Iím running to
A healthy place where I can stay.

I see sweet freedom at the finish line,
To keep on running, I now choose.
I know that victíry will someday be mine,
Iím staying in my running shoes.


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TJ Nickel02/22/07
bare, naked poetry...what a good piece. great title, great ending. the undercurrent of the topic being handled so gently was the best part of it all.
Dolores Stohler02/24/07
Excellent poem in every way. Kudos to you.
Marilee Alvey02/26/07
A poem written from the heart. Anorexia is a heartbreaking disease. In these times, most of us have control issues. We can feel so out of control with the events that go on in our world today. Many of us choose our "drug of choice" to gain an artificial control over our lives. Mine is food. Yours is denying yourself food, but the causes are the same. Both of us need to REST in the Lord and RELINQUISH control over our own lives. There's nothing in our own little worlds that is going to matter one hundred years from now...and we have Eternity at our fingertips. Thanks for this raw, honest piece.
Beth Muehlhausen02/28/07
I really like the concept of "running to a healthy place to stay!" That's a great image - something I can grasp and remember. :-)

Good form, good content, good message, good reading! GOOD for you!! :-)