My Last Time Down Summit, poetry by Michael Natt at Spillwords.com

My Last Time Down Summit

My Last Time Down Summit

written by: Michael Natt

 

Running my race year after year
Brought me fulfillment, fitness and cheer.

Up at daybreak and out the door,
Putting in miles while many still snore.

Step after step, millions by now;
A smile on my face and sweat on my brow.

Training through summer, enduring the heat;
Loving the discipline and structure. So sweet!

Tree-lined streets of St. Paul;
Ten miles not twenty-six, so I won’t hit the wall.

No pressure, no timing in a virtual race;
No need to compete or push the pace.

No crowds to applaud as I approach the finish line;
Only my family’s warm embrace. So sublime!

Last time down Summit Avenue, State Capital’s in view;
After thirty-one years of racing, I bid you adieu.

Michael Natt

Michael Natt

Michael worked in business for 40 years including 28 years as a systems engineer and project manager with IBM, and in various capacities for United Health Care, Grumman, and the YMCA. Michael has also served as a congregational and teaching leader in Minnesota, Arizona and New York. He earned a B.A. from Bethel University, and an M.A. in Human Resource Development from the University of St. Thomas. He is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). He has also completed 15 marathons and 60 half-marathons in 10 different states. His passions are praying, reading, writing, crosswords, health, and fitness. He lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota with his wife Cheryl. They have been married for 49 years.
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