The start of the race
Anticipation still shone on our face
We could still dreamily gaze
Into the early morning fog haze
Looking forward only,
We couldn’t wait to start.
And start we did, with such energy,
Run we did, such agility.
You couldn’t stop us if you dared.
But you tried, life, you did
You were always trying to get in our path
And trip us so we’d fall over.
But we trudged on, life, we trudged on
When we fell down we crawled
And soon we’d be back on our two feet
Running again, flying!
In that moment you began to understand
That you couldn’t outdo us with simple stunts
You came up with a most lethal trick
You’d tire us out and leave us sick.
Employing confusion, you made us run in circles
Go here, go there, go everywhere
So we’d end up running but never going anywhere.
You made our legs tired.
Slow, numb legs
But we learnt to deal with our bodies
If our legs hurt, there were remedies
Headache now couldn’t kill us
Exhausted bodies now couldn’t stop us
We’d go on and we’d not pause.
We’d accept no tricks, especially not yours.
Life, though, you just don’t give up
You came at us, nuclear options in hand
If the bodies were strong,
Then you’d fire at the mind.
Curve it around your wicked finger.
Weak, rigid brains.
And that was it.
The straw that broke the camel’s back
You won; we’ve never finished the race
Yet we still try, more slowly, more softly
No destination, no end in sight
No light the end of our tunnel.
We tried to rise and take back what’s ours
But as we began, you pulled out the guns
Machine guns aimed straight at our hearts.
And you proceeded to do your final work
You took our souls.
And with that you took all our power
You’ve thrown us off the race tracks.
Hard, un-loving souls
Greatest treasure gone.
I weep for us; no more souls
We have no more souls.