Success

As you

Watch
it grow
from a speck
on the skyline,

Feel
the intoxicating heat
of its approach,

Inhale
the endearing aroma
as it wafts
towards you,

Hail it.
Run faster,
Pant heavier.

When it comes
within reach,
Grab it
by the gut.

Raise it high
into the air
for the whole world
to see.

Drape it
around your shoulders,
smother
your face
in its warmth,
embrace
its silky softness.

For it is yours
to find,
seize,
display,
relish.

Then

Extricate yourself
from the addictive
velvet we call pride.

Hang it up
to remember,
and
sprint once more
for new horizons.

Sarah Rodeo, Age 17, Grade 12, The Hewitt School, Silver Key

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