Ode to the Boston Champion, by Toni Reavis

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ODE TO THE BOSTON CHAMPION

by Toni Reavis

Meb Boston 2014

Through clamorous towns at a headlong pace,

We cheered you on into Copley Place,

Where with arms spread wide, and

Church bells pealing,

You bore a wreath of glory,

Though head still reeling.

*

Within that crucible of miles,

You'd been put to the test,

Parrying every challenge,

Proving whom was the best.

*

The distance you ushered,

The pain you endured,

Your flag now flutters,

Must all seem a blur.

 *

But the honor's all yours,

This Patriot's Day,

In this oldest of races,

As men shout, "Hooray!"

 *

And though crusted with salt,

Legs seized with fatigue,

The scene's one to savor,

As you recall the intrigue. Read more of this post


(Editor's note: Toni Reavis is one of the most thoughtful commentators on our sport. He has known Meb Keflezighi since he was in college. 

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