The runner is exhausted
step after step they take
a new runner waits
hand outstretched
poised, ready to start

the old runner stumbles
but does not fall
picks up their speed
as the crowd cheers them on
ready for the end of their leg

no race is this
merely time passing
the pace is always the same
tick tock to the clock
does time ever end?

in perfect time
the baton is passed
the old then rest
as they young start anew
not a beat missed

Moira Levant December 31 2019

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