Finish Line

He was so close, 26 point something done
And then something caught his eye,
for just a second.
Distracted and puzzled
He looked back
And tried to keep running forward.
The planners had seen all the rocks
On the road
And knew the runners would too
But not him.
For Just a second,
Distracted, disoriented, battle weary
He looked back
His foot kicked the unseen rock.
His knee
Connected with rough pavement
Shredded.
Marathon runner, de-salinated.
Lot’s Wife, salinated
Both connected with the path
Instead of hurrying along it
Both missed the point
Look forward to goals
Not backward to missed
Opportunity
Or distraction.
Point something
Crawled
Crossed
Completed
But lost
free verse, Lot’s Wife, suggested by Larry Megazzi

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